Former Australia all-rounder and Delhi Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson says the team’s new captain David Warner will have “a lot to prove” in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, starting March 31. For the 2022 season, Rishabh Pant has been named the captain for IPL 2023 due to his ouster after a horrific car accident in December last year. Warner had in the past captained the Delhi franchise, the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, and had a successful run as captain in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad, helping them win their only title in the 2016 edition.
Warner had an overall successful stint with SRH but his poor form with the bat and his subsequent fallout with the team management led to an indecent exit in the 2021 season.
The leading run-scorer among all overseas players with 5,881 runs, Warner was dropped as captain and permanently benched by the franchise and eventually released ahead of the 2022 mega auction.
He also endured a poor tour of India recently, failing with the bat in two Tests at Nagpur and Delhi and scoring 23 in the only ODI he played after recovering from a hairline fracture in his left elbow.
“David Warner for me is in the top order. He has a point to prove and everyone would love to ride behind him. He has always scored so many runs in the IPL. And to be a opener, and setting the stage like he does is going to be very important.
Former Australia vice-captain Watson has backed Mitchell Marsh to continue his devastating form with the bat, which he displayed in Australia’s ODI series win against India.
Watson said, “(For) Mitchell Marsh, it’s going to be another big season for him. He has incredible skill with the bat alone and the way he bats and takes the game forward, he’s really going to play a big part in.”
Watson picked South Africa’s Riley Rossouw as the trump card for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023.
“Well, one in particular is Riley Rossouw, he’s someone you know, I played with him in the Pakistan Super League for the Quetta Gladiators. And to see how he’s come back to international cricket and he World class hitter of the ball.” ,
“He can get any bowler down in any situation, in any situation.
The Delhi Capitals assistant coach said that his team has got all-rounder cover for the upcoming season.
“Very talented players. We have got some young pacers with the ball, we have (Kamlesh) Nagerkoti and Chetan Sakaria. And then we also have our spinners like Akshar (Patel) and Kuldeep Yadav.
“Those two guys, especially to be able to bowl to world-class spinners through the middle, to be able to try and take wickets and to be able to keep the runs low, that’s very important,” he added. “
Watson backed the duo of Patel and Kuldeep to take advantage of the spin-friendly pitch at their home ground.
“Definitely, Delhi is normally, traditionally, a low, turning type of wicket and we have bowlers who can exploit that with our spinners alone. With Axar and Kuldeep Yadav, but the batsmen we have Yes, they really can.” Make the most of those situations. It is also a small ground,” he said.
Watson admitted that Pant’s absence would be a big loss for the team.
“The biggest challenge for Delhi is just being able to put together a good performance. You know, the Delhi Capitals have got a really skilled team, and we do that again this year.”
“Obviously not being a part of Rishabh Pant, not playing in this tournament would be a huge loss,” Watson said.
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