South Africa pace bowler Anrich Nortje said that Delhi Capitals need to replicate last year’s IPL performance in the United Arab Emirates.
Delhi Capitals are well settled in the IPL 2021 as they lead the table with 12 points from eight matches. Capitals ended as runners-up to Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020, which was completely held in UAE.
I am looking to take it match by match this season: Anrich Nortje
Nortje, who played a massive role for the team with 16 wickets, feels that the team will have to be ready for the challenges in the second leg and respond to the opposition’s different strategies.
“It was here where things started to happen for me in the IPL, but I am looking to take it match by match this season. There’s a lot coming up, even after the IPL,” Nortje said in a release issued by Delhi Capitals.
“We have to try and remember what we did here the last time we were here and try and implement that again. Hopefully, we can repeat what we did in the UAE the last time we were here.
“Maybe teams will field different strategies in the second half of the tournament. We have to be switched on now and just be ready,” Nortje added further.
We have a chance to acclimatise to the conditions in UAE: Anrich Nortje
Nortje is coming fresh from the T20I series against Sri Lanka where he picked two wickets in as many games. The 27-year-old is also a part of South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad and will pair with Capitals teammate Kagiso Rabada in the pace unit.
Nortje feels IPL will be a good opportunity for those playing the World Cup to understand and get used to the conditions in UAE.
“It’s definitely a massive advantage to play the IPL before the T20 World Cup. We have a chance to acclimatise to the conditions and get the first-hand experience of the kind of wickets here in the UAE,” Nortje asserted.
“The sooner we get the information about the kind of wickets here, the better it will be for all of us. I think each team is looking to assess everything as much as possible, but, firstly we have to assess the conditions for the IPL as it certainly is a big tournament in itself and then we will get to the T20 World Cup,” he concluded.
Delhi Capitals will play against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 22 in Dubai to resume their IPL 2021 campaign.