We are ready to perform well against CSK: Shaw
Delhi Capitals’ young opener Prithvi Shaw reckons that “it will be a challenge against CSK” but “the team is ready to do well.” DC will take on CSK at Vizag and the winner of the match will face Mumbai Indians in the final on Sunday.
“We know that we have not won against CSK this year, but we start tomorrow’s match with a clean slate. It will be a challenge for us, but we are raring to go.
They do have some amazing bowlers, both faster ones and spinners, along with a lot of experience, so we need to go back to the drawing board and plan accordingly, but we are very confident of doing well tomorrow,” Shaw said at the post-match presentation.
The youngster who has been pretty good throughout the tournament scored 348 runs in 15 innings in this season. The 19-year-old who scored a half-century in the Eliminator against SRH also spoke about his own performance in the Eliminator.
“I think when you are not scoring the runs, IPL is a format where you need to get the form back as quickly as possible. I believe that preparation is the best thing to do, and I prepared well for this match.
I wasn’t scoring well before, especially in the Powerplay overs, but the team continued to believe in me and I am very thankful to them for showing faith in me when I wasn’t doing well.”
When asked to narrate his team’s thrilling run-chase against SRH as DC won by 2 wickets to seal the thriller, Shaw said: “These kinds of games always bring pressure on you, but Rishabh Pant played an amazing knock.
Like I have said before, he is one of the best finishers at such a young age, but he couldn’t get the timing on that shot and got out. However, Keemo Paul played a huge hand in taking responsibility and closing out the match.”
He also spoke about the virtual importance of how Powerplay overs can have a great impact on the team’s passage of play.
“Personally, I feel the first 6 overs are very important when you are batting. Once you put runs on the board initially, it becomes easier for the people coming in to bat and they can play freely. It will be the same tomorrow especially on this pitch as I felt it was a bit difficult to pull the ball, and the bowlers utilized cutters and slower balls well,” Shaw added in a statement.
Shaw is also looking forward to taking on the Chennai Super Kings. “We do not really focus on who we are playing, but instead we look to prepare ourselves in the best way possible to face any team. It is about our preparation, and it has been fantastic this season, so I am really looking forward to playing CSK again tomorrow, and hopefully secure our place in the final.”
DC and CSK have earlier faced each other on 19 meetings in IPL history, with Chennai Super Kings having the convincing edge with 13 wins to their name, while Delhi managed to get the better of CSK only in 6 matches.