The Delhi Capitals find themselves mired at the rock bottom of the points table, and their ongoing struggle to lift themselves up from this abyss throughout the season has been attributed to their failure in “sustaining batting skills over prolonged periods” by Shane Watson, the team’s assistant coach.
Plagued by inconsistency, the Capitals have suffered defeat in seven out of the eleven matches they have contested, leaving their chances of securing a spot in the playoffs hanging by a thread, with only three games remaining.
Watson reflects on the defeat against CSK
In a recent encounter, the Capitals experienced a heart-wrenching setback against the Chennai Super Kings, falling short by 27 runs despite initially dominating their opponents with a commendable bowling performance. The Super Kings, batting first, amassed a competitive total of 167/8 In their allotted 20 overs, ultimately restricting the Capitals to a disappointing 140/8.
Reflecting on the match, Watson highlighted the pressing need for the team to discover a method of maintaining their batting prowess consistently over extended periods. He remarked, “We have to find a way to execute our skills with the bat for a longer period of time . If we can do that, as we have done at certain stages of the tournament, then we can produce good batting performances.”
Shane Watson further revealed that the team’s personnel on the sidelines believed that the total of 167/8 was deemed par for the course on a surface offering substantial turn. However, the Capitals were unable to secure a solid start, and the loss of three wickets during the powerplay made the task of rebuilding their inners arduous.
“We thought 167 was a par score on the wicket in Chennai. It was important for us to get off to a decent start, but unfortunately, we couldn’t do that. It was also hard for us to rebuild after losing three wickets in the powerplay.”, he added.
Watson strives to make DC better
The early dismissal of skipper David Warner loomed large over the Capitals’ fortunes, as acknowledged by the former Australian all-rounder. Watson lamented, “Everything seemed to be clicking perfectly against RCB. Unfortunately, Davey (Warner) couldn’t weather the storm beyond the first over. Furthermore, we also lost (Phil) Salt and (Mitchell) Marsh early on. Hence, things simply did not fall into place against CSK.”
As the Capitals prepare to face off against the Punjab Kings in their upcoming match at the Kotla on May 13, Watson stressed the necessity of unwavering commitment to improvement. He affirmed, “We must continue striving to enhance our performance. We exhibited excel ence with the ball for the majority of CSK’s innings.”
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