Delhi Capitals (DC) are not having the best of times in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite having a star-studded squad, they have failed to maintain consistency in the tournament.
The Rishabh Pant-led side has won four out of their nine games so far and is occupying seventh place on the points table. They need to pull their socks up if they have to fancy their chances of qualifying for the playoffs.
On the eve of their clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), DC opener David Warner said they will have to win their remaining five games while checking out RCB’s results in order to secure a top-four berth.
“Moving forward from where we are, we’ve obviously got to win every game to make it to the finals. There’s a strong competition, two teams we have got to come against – Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who are pretty much similar points to us,” Warner quoted as saying by PTI.
“We could get that upper hand if we beat Sunrisers. We then go into the top four, but obviously, we need RCB to start losing as well. It’s quite a congested table, but exciting for the rest of the tournament,” he added.
The veteran opener acknowledged that the Capitals are in this position due to their failure of closing games while chasing.
“I think if you look at the results, we’ve just missed out when we are chasing those big totals. We have managed to get so close, but they are the ones that hurt you.”
Speaking ahead of the game against his former team, Warner expressed, “My thoughts are like every other game, just keep going through your processes till you have to do it, training and just get ready for the game.”
Sharing the experience of opening alongside Prithvi Shaw, Warner said: “We’ve got off to a good start. In the last match, we’ve fallen cheaply, both of us, and that can happen in this game because we have to play that high-level brand of cricket in the power play.”
He highlighted the role of the top three batters in the team and how at least two of the three getting big runs is making a difference.
“I think the most important thing is myself or him (Prithvi Shaw) or Mitch (Mitchell Marsh) scoring an 80 or 90 or even a hundred if we can, to post good totals or chase down big totals, and that’s the key.
“I think that’s the focus for every other team. The teams who are doing well are scoring big runs at the top of the order. And, two players are actually scoring big in the games, they are the ones that you really need to shine to win these games,” said the Australian cricketer.
(With PTI inputs)