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IPL 2022 – Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Match 41 – Post match comments

So far, the Delhi Capitals’ season has gone well. They haven’t been able to string two victories together, but today’s victory will give them the lift they need to keep going and make the playoffs. The Kolkata Knight Riders have suffered their fifth straight defeat, and things are looking gloomy. They are the side with the most changes to their starting XI, indicating that they are still looking for the proper combination. They still have five games left, and each one becomes a must-win from now on.

The game ended in a win for the Delhi Capitals and this is what the captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of the contest.

Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) – Losing Captain

We started off really slowly and lost a couple of early wickets. It was holding up a bit (the wicket), but we didn’t get a good score on the board. No real excuses, we have to go back and assess where things are going wrong. A lot of chopping and changing is happening (at the top of the order), and it’s been difficult to set up the right combination, with all injuries not helping as well. We need to stick together, play some fearless cricket, and not be conservative with the bat. Five more matches remaining, we need to play well, show belief and give something back to the team and the management, forget about the past, start fresh, and back your instinct (on what KKR needs to do now). You need to sit back and think about where it’s going wrong, can’t be overconfident, give your best, if we still lose, then it’s fine. Umesh started with a wicket but gave away 11 runs in the over, that’s where I thought the momentum turned. But he has given us a lot of good moments this season and has been very very impressive as well.

Rishabh Pant (Delhi Capitals) – Winning Captain

We were thinking (of the wobble) because we lost too many wickets in the middle but at the same time we thought if we take the game deep, we can win it. It is good to have Marsh back. We haven’t thought (about this as the best XI) as a hundred percent. Khaleel got injured and that was a forced change, once he is back then we will have our best XI. I was just watching the ball till the end (referring to his low catch). I have been keeping a lot in the nets and that was my best catch throughout the season. We see him (Powell) as a finisher but like today when we lost too many wickets, he has to come up and do the job. We are not thinking about the points table and taking one game at a time. We have to be more clear with our plans and that is something we can improve. I thought we would give him (Kuldeep) his final over from the other end but then the ball kept getting wet and I also wanted to change the pace, that’s why I brought the fast bowlers in but it didn’t work.

Kuldeep Yadav (Delhi Capitals) – Player of the Match

 I might have become a better bowler, but I am mentally stronger than before. When you fail in life you pick what you can improve on and that is something I had to improve. I don’t get scared of failing now. I liked Russell’s wicket as I set him up, it was my plan and when there were a couple of dots I knew he would step out. This is the best IPL season for me. I am enjoying my bowling. I don’t think what the batter will do and what if I get hit. My focus has been to bowl the right line and lengths. I felt there was bat but thought the ball had touched the ground but when Rishabh went up then I was positive, it was an important wicket as Shreyas was batting well. There has never been competition with him (Chahal). He’s like my big brother and has always backed me. He kept motivating me when I was injured and I hope he wins the Purple Cap.