Senior India and Delhi Capitals off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin believes that his side has all the ingredients to go all the way in IPL 2021. The Capitals fell short on the last hurdle last season, where they lost the final – Delhi’s first in 13 seasons – to the mighty Mumbai Indians.
They have been jolted back early as skipper Shreyas Iyer is ruled out of the tournament owing to a shoulder injury he suffered during the ODI series against England – Rishabh Pant will lead the side this year.
Ravichandran Ashwin says that despite Iyer’s loss the team is “well-balanced” and that Pant’s recent form with the bat is a boost for them. The 34-year-old points out that since all the teams won’t be playing at their home ground, and will play at 4 different venues, they have to plan and select players smartly according to the conditions. Delhi has added Tom Curran, Steven Smith, Sam Billings, Umesh Yadav to their side to add variety and experience.
“Good, well balanced one. Last year, our batting did not come well together. It was understandable due to lockdown and all that. But this year, in the kind of form in which Rishabh is, definitely that (team’s batting) also will get sorted out. We have a good chance. But if you see the last few years, it is not always about the top two or three sides. Every team picks players judiciously and have good balance and options. The IPL is in a new caravan model so conditions also will play a part,” Ravichandran Ashwin told The New Indian Express.
I am looking forward to carry on that momentum: Ravichandran Ashwin
Apart from Pant, the Tamil Nadu all-rounder was also in superb form in Australia and at home against England. He snapped 44 wickets in the two series, and notched up a hundred against England, bagging the Man of the Series award.
Ravichandran Ashwin wishes to carry this momentum in the IPL as well, albeit in a different format and is content with his performance with both bat and ball. Delhi play their first match on April 10th against the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai.
“Obviously, I am looking forward to carry on that momentum. I’m in a happy space of mind and enjoying my game. My batting, bowling everything is doing well. I am totally involved in my game and everything is going on smoothly,” the right-hander stated.