IPL 2022: Kuldeep Yadav got a sense of security at Delhi Capitals, says Axar Patel
IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder Axar Patel claimed on Sunday that the franchise provided Kuldeep Yadav with a sense of security that allowed him to perform at his best against the Mumbai Indians (MI).
Kuldeep picked up three wickets and only conceded 18 runs in four overs against MI in DC’s season opener.
“He was adjudged man of the match for playing a key role in Delhi Capitals‘ victory. It’s all about mindset. Also he was struggling in the IPL as his place in the KKR team was not secure. He was not sure that he would play all his matches,” said Axar Patel in the post-match press conference, when asked about Kuldeep’s performance.
“He feels now that the game is sure to come after coming here. You can give your best if you know that you have a safe place. And won’t be dropped after a poor performance in two matches. Took important wickets like Pollard. The way coach Ricky Ponting and captain (Rishabh Pant) supported him, made him do his best,” said Axar after Delhi’s four-wicket win.
Delhi were battling at 104 for six in the 14th over, chasing a target of 178 runs. But Lalit Yadav hammered 48 not out and Axar hit 38 not out off 17 balls in an unbroken 75-run partnership to boost their team’s total to 179 runs in 18.2 overs.
Moreover, on April 2, the Delhi Capitals will face the Gujarat Titans, who are captained by Hardik Pandya.