With less than 17 days for the first ball to be bowled in the twelfth edition of Indian Premier League, the excitement among the fans has reached the highest echelon. The streets are blaring horn, fans are literally on its feet, and coaches are delivering their final say. And for the upcoming season, there are some new faces, new jerseys, and a new name for one franchise. Delhi Daredevils have been rechristened Delhi Capitals and that is not the only thing that has changed for the perennial underdogs in arguably the best T20 league on the planet.
Veteran spinner Amit Mishra - the second highest wicket-taker in the IPL’s history believes the return of ace India opener Shikhar Dhawan in the Delhi Capitals will provide balance to the young Delhi Capitals side who, according to him, is ready to challenge for the title this season.
Amit Mishra told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview that, “Looking forward to him (Dhawan) joining the team. He is a local lad and has been doing really well for Team India. I hope he brings similar sort of performances for DC and wins games for us this season. We are getting a good opener in him and a right hand-left hand combination at the top will surely help in balancing the side."
Mishra went on saying that with the new team name, the team will start fresh. “We are very excited for the new season. The team is new, the name is new and there is a lot of positive vibes around. There are a lot of new faces and the team is looking very balanced. Everybody is very excited to do well this season,"
“I will try to play as per the team’s requirement. If they (coach and team management) have made a team with all of us, they must have thought something and then gone ahead with it,” Mishra said.
“I am very confident and in a positive frame of mind. Whenever I will get the opportunity to perform, I will try to give my best. Whatever role I get, I will be happy to do it. I have been playing for this team for 3-4 years now and essentially my job is that of a wicket-taker. If I am included in the line-up my job will be to provide breakthroughs and help my team win the match,” Mishra concluded.