Delhi Capitals registered a famous win against Rajasthan Royals at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, chasing a mammoth total. Earlier in the game, Royals posted 192 runs on the board, with Ajinkya Rahane registering his first hundred. However, his effort went in vain as Rishabh Pant along with Prithvi Shaw hammered the opposition bowlers all-around the ground to help Capitals reach top of the table with 14 points in 11 games.
On this, the young sensation of the side, Prithvi Shaw appreciated the effort of advisor Sourav Ganguly, head coach Ricky Ponting, and batting coach Mohammad Kaif. He believes that the trio has helped to change the body language of the side which eventually helped them to express better on the field.
"With seniors like Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Kaif sir around, the body language changes. There are few youngsters like me, Sandeep (Lamichhane), Manjot (Kalra) but we are never made to feel that we were inexperienced, instead we are always kept in the same group with the seniors, on and off the field,” said Shaw at the post-match press conference.
Ponting is the head coach of the franchise, Mohammad Kaif the assistant coach and Ganguly the team advisor."Sourav sir even chills with us when we don't have practice. We go for dinners together. So there is a very strong bonding," said Shaw. Delhi Capitals registered a six-wicket win against Rajasthan Royals with four balls to spare and acquired pole position in the IPL.
Chasing a steep target of 192, Pant steered Delhi to victory after Dhawan gave the team a rollicking start, adding 72 runs for the opening wicket with Shaw in only 7.3 overs.Even as Dhawan slammed the bowlers all around the park, Shaw was more measured in his approach.
"I had not slowed down. It makes sense if someone is going better than you in the Power Play like Shikhi (Dhawan) bhai has done, I can't just go out and smash every ball. I have to be mentally prepared as well to play that sort of innings." When Dhawan was hitting the way he was, I thought I should take the game deep because in case he got out, one set batsman should be there to take the game deep," said Shaw."
And that's what happened, he and Shreyas Iyer, both were dismissed in quick succession. But I was confident that if I took the game deep, I would be able to do the job. Rishabh (Pant, who scored 78 off 36 balls), obviously is the biggest finisher of the game in T20 right now. I was just waiting for my chance and later on I too switched gears," he explained.