Kolkata-Delhi face to face in the battle of Sharjah today
The day of Wednesday 13 October is going to prove to be very important for Delhi Capitals. This team, led by young captain Rishabh Pant, is now struggling after coming closer to the final stage after a stellar performance in the tournament. The team that finished number one in the league stage is looking in trouble to reach the final. The team has lost two consecutive matches and now to reach the final, it will have to beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second qualifier. Although the team’s overall performance has been good, but against the in-form Kolkata, the team needs one more thing apart from the performance of the bat and ball and the team’s assistant coach Mohammad Kaif has emphasized on the need.
In the first qualifier, Delhi Capitals had a chance to reach the final by defeating Chennai Super Kings, but the team had to face defeat even after coming very close to victory. Just before that, in the last league match too, the team was defeated against Royal Challengers Bangalore on the last ball. In such a situation, questions are being raised on the ability of the team to take decisions in difficult and delicate situations and perform under pressure. This is the reason why the team’s assistant coach Kaif has said that the team also needs clear thinking in the mind.
Calm mind and clear thinking needed
In the virtual press conference before the crucial match against Kolkata, Mohammad Kaif said that the team will have to forget the previous defeat and enter this match. Former Indian batsman said,
“Tomorrow is a big day. Everything is about bearing pressure. There is pressure in every match but the challenge in this match is different. We have to come down with a clear mind by staying calm. We have lost two matches in a row but coming back is important. We have to forget the previous defeat in the match against KKR. We have match-winners. There is no dearth of experienced and in-form players.
Kolkata defeated Bangalore in the last over in a thrilling manner in their Eliminator match. At the same time, Delhi also had to face defeat against Chennai in the last over. Obviously, in such a situation, Delhi will have to try to keep the situation under control in the death overs, so that the team will be able to make it to the final for the second consecutive year and claim the title.
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