Mumbai Indians face Delhi Capitals in the first qualifier in Dubai on Thursday. If Delhi beat Mumbai, they will reach the IPL finals for the very first time. Mumbai is the team to beat in the season and Delhi is the team with momentum.
The match-ups make this contest a fascinating one with reputed players to be a part of this contest. Meanwhile, DC opener Shikhar Dhawan has found the weakling in Rohit Sharma and hopes that they can target that.
We Can Take Advantage of Rohit’s Lack of Form – Shikhar Dhawan
In a recent conversation with PTI ahead of the game, Shikhar Dhawan said Delhi is looking to target Rohit’slack of form coming into this game. Rohit missed four matches owing to his hamstring injury and scored just four runs on his return vs SRH. Dhawan said that Delhi is looking to exploit this very aspect of his game in the first qualifier.
“Rohit is a very good player, and he hasn’t played many matches so I am not sure about his touch, and that means that we can definitely take advantage of it,” Shikhar Dhawan said before Thursday’s encounter.
“My best wishes to him, but yes as opponents, we can take advantage of that for sure and make plans accordingly,” Shikhar Dhawan further added.
He further said that Mumbai Indians do not have any upper hand ahead of the first qualifier. He backed Delhi as a good team in the competition and said that they are good enough to win against the defending champions.
“I don’t think they have an upper hand. We’ve got a quality team and we know we can beat any team. We just have to play good cricket and have to be very clear with our plans. I believe if we manage to do that, we can certainly win,” the southpaw continued.
Shikhar Dhawan also spoke on his good run of form in the season. He has scored 525 runs from 14 games and can add to the tally in the game on Thursday. When asked if this was his best season considering the number of runs he scored in UAE, the southpaw added a tinge of humour and said,
“This is not the first time I have scored 500 runs in IPL. I have been scoring nearly 500 runs for the past few seasons (521 in 2019, 497 in 2018, 479 in 2017, 501 in 2016). Yes, this is the first season I have had two hundreds and two ducks, which is something new,” concluded Dhawan.