All the franchises are gearing up for the upcoming historic IPL season in the UAE. One franchise that will be eager to get the monkey off their back and lift their maiden IPL title will be the Delhi Capitals. The franchise is upbeat after their performance last year when they made the playoffs after seven long years.
Ahead of IPL 2020, Delhi spinner Axar Patel gave an insight into the mood of the franchise. Axar Patel believes that this year Delhi Capitals have covered all the bases and if they play to their potential they will be major contenders to be IPL champions in the UAE.
“With the new changes, I think the squad looks good. With fast bowlers, spinners and all-rounders, we have covered all the bases and I think we can become champions this time. Everyone looks positive in the nets and we all are in good shape”, said Axar Patel.
Delhi Capitals Can Become IPL Champions – Axar Patel
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old also spoke about the challenges the players feel face this year in the IPL. He reckons that the absence of crowd during IPL will surely feel unusual also after the saliva ban bowlers will initially find it challenging to adapt to the new rules imposed due to the Covid-19 scare.
“Obviously, with no crowd, we” ll feel empty. Then, the saliva ban is going to make a big difference for the bowlers. During initial practice sessions, I was being conscious of not using saliva or sweat on the ball. So, these are the challenges which we will have to be wary of”, the DC spinner said.
Furthermore, Axar is confident about his side’s chances ahead of the massive season and is looking to contribute in all departments. Delhi Capitals will kick off their campaign against the Kings XI Punjab on September 20. The franchise will be once again led by Shreyas Iyer whereas Ricky Ponting will be the head coach for during IPL 2020.