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Sunrisers all-rounder Washington Sundar ruled out of IPL 2023

In what could be a huge blow to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH), all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season with a hamstring injury, the franchise informed on Thursday.

The all-rounder didn’t have a great beginning to his campaign in the ongoing season as he failed to make a vital contribution in any department of the game, going wicketless in the first six matches for SRH.

However, Sundar reattained his form in the team’s most recent fixture against Delhi Capitals (DC), scalping three wickets in an over and ended with impressive figures of 3/24.

Sundar, 24, was quite handy with the bat as he scored a brisk 15-ball 24 not out.

“Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the IPL 2023 due to a hamstring injury. Speedy recovery, Washi,” SRH tweeted on Thursday.

In the seven matches, Sundar managed to score just 60 runs beside picking up three wickets.

The 2016 champions, SRH, are currently placed ninth in the ten-team standings with just two wins in seven games and will next face the Capitals again in the return fixture at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on April 29.

Delhi Capitals skipper David Warner fined for slow-over rate against SRH

Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper David Warner has been fined Rs. 12 Lakh after his side maintained a slow-over rate during their seven-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Match 34 of IPL 2023 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

The Warner-led Capitals made it two wins in a row after a collective and disciplined bowling effort from the bowlers helped them defend a moderate 144 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Monday night.

Impact Player Mukesh Kumar bowled a fantastic final over for Delhi to defend 13 runs after a late surge provided by SRH batters Heinrich Klaasen and Washington Sundar had threatened to take away the match.

Spinner Washington Sundar (3/28) and medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/11) had broken the back of DC’s batting with excellent spells and restricted the away side to 144/9 in the allotted20 overs.

“Delhi Capitals captain David Warner has been fined after his team maintained a slow over-rate during their TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, Hyderabad,” the IPL said in a statement.

“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Warner was fined Rs. 12 lakh,” it added.

Delhi Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in their next match of the season at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on Saturday.

Delhi Capitals need to rework their strategy in IPL 2023: Kaif

After registering their first win in the ongoing IPL season, Delhi Capitals (DC) will be up against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their next encounter on Monday evening.

DC skipper David Warner, who was earlier a part of the Orange Army, will have no dearth of support at Uppal, the venue for the clash. The Aussie will hope his team carries the winning momentum from the previous game and put up a much-improved show against Aiden Markram-led side to keep their playoffs hopes alive.

Speaking on DC’s show in the current IPL season, former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif has reckoned that the Capitals will have to rework on their strategy going forward in the tournament to keep themselves in contention.

Speaking on Star Sports’ Cricket Live, Kaif said, “Delhi will have to focus on its team combination. This team will have to rethink its strategy. There are a lot of problems in the team and the morale of the players has gone taken a hit. Now, Delhi Capitals will have to forget everything and focus on winning consistently, which is not an impossible task.”

On the other hand, the Orange Army might have suffered back-to-back losses in their last couple of games but the side has some quality players who can change the complexion of the game. SRH opener Harry Brook is one such player and the opponents will be wary of him.

Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan hailed the English top-order batter for the wide range of shots in his batting arsenal and said: “Harry Brook has a wide range of shots, he has shown a lot of maturity with his knocks so far in TATA IPL. The more he plays in TATA IPL, his game against spin will also improve.”

Delhi Capitals name Priyam Garg as replacement for injured Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Delhi Capitals (DC) have named right-handed batsman Priyam Garg as a replacement for injured pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who has suffered a lower back stress fracture.

Issuing an official statement by the tournament on Sunday, DC said that it has signed Garg at his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

Notably, Garg had played for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) between 2020 and 2022, featuring in 21 IPL games for the Orange Army.

Garg however, had gone unsold in the IPL auction held in last December.

Garg, who led India to runners-up finish in the 2020 U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup in South Africa and represents Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket, has amassed 251 runs in the cash-rich league till now, averaging 15.69 with a strike-rate of 115.14, including one half-century.

In the ongoing IPL season, DC had somehow managed to end their five-game losing streak with a tight four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Despite the win, they are still placed at the bottom of the 10-team points table.

The David Warner-led side will next face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.

DC Players’ bats, other equipments worth lakhs stolen in transit

It seems nothing is going right for Delhi Capitals’ in the ongoing IPL season as their players’ bats and several other equipments worth lakhs have been stolen in transit.

As per reports, an investigation has been launched in the matter however, it has stunned many DC players and the team management. As per a report in the Indian Express, 16 bats, pads, shoes, thigh-pads, and gloves were stolen from the Delhi Capitals players’ kit bags once they arrived in the capital on Sunday from Bangalore.

“All of them were shocked when they heard that everyone had lost something or the other from their kit bags. This is the first time such an incident has happened and the matter was soon raised to the logistics department, police and later at the airport. The investigation is on,” a source in Delhi Capitals was quoted as saying by the the Indian Expeess.

DCP (Airport) Devesh Kumar Mahla told the publication that two men came on Tuesday evening at the IGI Airport in Delhi and informed them that their kit was missing from their bags.

“Our duty officer asked them to write a complaint with all the details and gave them a paper. They said that they would get all the details and will file a complaint. Appropriate legal action would be taken,” he said.

Notably, a logistics company is responsible for the team kit bags and luggage and ensures that they reach in advance to the destination ahead of a game. The report said that the players keep their kit bags outside their room after every match after which the logistics company takes over.

The Capitals is slated to take on the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 28th match of IPL 2023 at the Arun Jaitley stadium on April 20 and the home side would be desperate to notch up their first win of the season,

Significantly, DC is the only team out of the total 10 in the ongoing edition which is yet to register a match.

The Warner-led side has lost all five of their games so far and are languishing at the bottom of the points-table.

Ponting should be responsible for Delhi’s disastrous start: Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag has said that Delhi Capitals’ head coach Ricky Ponting should take the blame for the side’s disastrous start in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season after having done some good work in the past seasons.

Sehwag’s statement came after Delhi suffered their fifth consecutive defeat in the tournament, this time in a 23-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Saturday and are still at the bottom of the ten-team points table.

“I think I said before that Punjab have passed on the axe to Delhi, so now the axe has reached Delhi. When a team loses, the coaches are credited, so when the team loses, they should be held responsible,” Sehwag was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

“Even, we said so many times that Ponting has done a brilliant job, taking them to the finals, they now reach the playoffs almost every year now. He took all those credits, now he has to take this one as well,” he added.

After a 34-ball 50 from RCB skipper Virat Kohli guided his side to a repectable 174/6, Delhi lost three quick wickets and were reeling at 2/3 at one point and never recovered from the setback, eventually finishing it at 151/9 in their allotted 20 overs.

Sehwag, who captained the Delhi franchise in his IPL days, felt that the David Warner-led side are giving a confused look in attempting to make a turnaround.

“Even we said so many times that this is not the Indian team where they take credit for the wins and for the losses someone else is blamed for. There are zero roles of a coach in an IPL team,” Sehwag expressed.

“The big responsibility is man-management and giving the players that confidence, but in the end, a coach looks good only when the team performs well, which Delhi haven’t done at all. I feel Delhi has reached that point where they are confused about what they should do to change their fortune,” he added.

Delhi Capitals will now be facing two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium on April 20.

Delhi Capitals sign Karan & Moin as Official Styling Partner

Karan & Moin, a 30 year old fashion label in the men’s apparel industry, has announced their association with Delhi Capitals (DC) as the Official Styling Partners for the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2023).

As a part of the association, Karan & Moin will design the players’ outfits for all off-field occasions during the IPL 2023 season.

Commenting on the development, Dhiraj Malhotra, CEO of Delhi Capitals, said: “Looking good is an important psychological element that boosts the team’s confidence and therefore we are thrilled to have Karan & Moin as our official styling partners.”

”We know that with Karan & Moin on board, our team is definitely in good hands, when it comes to the outfits the players will wear during off-field occasions,” he added.

On the other side, speaking about the partnership, Karan Sabri, Director, Karan & Moin, said: “We are pleased to be the stylist for the Indian T20 League franchise, Delhi Capitals. We design with a minimalistic, classic, evergreen styling that transcends time. We pride ourselves in adapting the style to uniquely complement the stature of each team member’s personality, making them look better than their best.”

”We are looking forward to decking out the team to shine,” he added.

Delhi Capitals likely to sign Abhishek Porel as Pant’s replacement

Delhi Capitals (DC) are all set to sign Bengal wicket-keeper batsman Abishek Porel as a replacement for injured Rishabh Pant for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season.

As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, Porel’s signing comes after a series of practice games at a week-long preparatory camp of the franchise in New Delhi. Apart from Porel, the three other uncapped wicketkeepers — Sheldon Jackson, Luvnith Sisodia and Vivek Singh — was put through a series of match simulation exercises and were monitored by the DC coaching group, headed by director of cricket Sourav Ganguly and head coach Ricky Ponting, over the past week.

Eventually, DC decided to go ahead with Porel, who during his first full season with Bengal in domestic cricket, impressed with his glove work. However, he failed to impress with the bat after scoring just 22 runs in his three outings in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The batter has slightly better returns in first-class cricket, having managed six half-centuries across 26 innings with a best of 73.

The report further said that though Porel comes as Pant’s replacement, Sarfaraz Khan, who featured in six games in IPL 2022 and scored 91 runs with a best of 36, is the front-runner to keep wickets for DC in the upcoming season.

Sarfaraz, who has been in sensational form with the bat over the past three domestic seasons, was asked by the Capitals’ management to be ready for the wicketkeeper’s role since Pant is still recovering from injuries sustained in a serious car crash in December.

The 25-year old played as the wicket-keeper batter for Mumbai at the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s.

The other wicketkeeping option Delhi have is England’s Phil Salt, who was signed for his base price of INR 2 crore at this year’s auction.

Delhi Capitals will begin their campaign on April 1 in an away fixture against Lucknow Super Giants.

Warner will have a point to prove in upcoming IPL season: Watson

Former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson gave his take on key strengths of the Delhi Capitals (DC) squad in upcoming forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) season and also picked Australia opener David Warner on top of the order adding that the left-hander will continue to have a point to prove.

Warner, who will be leading the franchise in the absence of Rishabh Pant, has been one of the top scorer of the league after amassing 5881 IPL runs in his career which started in 2009 with the Delhi franchise and is the third highest-run scorer in the history of the tournament.

“Well, there’s a lot of very talented players, I think, yeah, David Warner for me is just at the top of the order. He’s going to continue to have a point to prove and everyone’s going to be like riding off the back of him. He’s always scored so many runs in the IPL. And to be an opening batter, and set the platform as he does is going to be very important,” Watson told Star Sports.

Watson further expressed that another Australian Mitchell March will also play a really huge part for the Delhi-based franchise with the current form with a bat. “I think Mitchell Marsh, this is going to be another really big season for him. He’s got incredible skills with the bat alone and how he’s batting and takes the game on is going to play a really big part,” Watson expressed.

“And then we’ve got some youngsters with the ball, fast bowlers, we’ve got Nagarkoti and Chetan Sakariya. And then we’ve got our spinners as well, like Axar and Kuldeep Yadav. Those two guys, to be able to have world-class spinners bowling especially through the middle, to be able to try and get wickets and also keep the runs down, that’s so critically important,” the former Australian all-rounder added.

Watson also spoke about who will be the trump card for the Capitals saying: “Well, one, in particular, is Rilee Rossouw, he’s someone you know, I’ve played with him in the Pakistan Super League for Quetta Gladiators. And to see how he has come back into international cricket and he’s a world-class hitter of the ball. He can take down any bowler at any stage, in any conditions. So if he gets on a roll, he can just take the game away from the opposition.”

Watson further spoke on the home advantage that Delhi Capitals have this season, he said “For sure, Delhi’s normally, conventionally a lower, turning sort of wicket and we’ve got the bowlers to exploit that with our spinners alone. With Axarand also Kuldeep Yadav, but also with the batters that we’ve got, can really make the most of those conditions. It’s a smaller ground as well. So, but in any IPL, you do have to make your home ground a fortress.”

Speaking on the biggest challenge for the Delhi Capitals squad, Watson added that the capitals have a skilled squad but not having Pant be a part of the tournament this season will be a huge miss for the Delhi-based franchise.

“The biggest challenge for Delhi is just to be able to consistently put good performances together. You know, the Delhi Capitals have got a really, really skilful squad, and we do again this year. Obviously, Rishabh Pant not being a part of, not playing this tournament is going to be a huge, huge miss,” said Watson.

“Delhi’s normally, conventionally a lower, turning sort of wicket and we’ve got the bowlers to exploit that with our spinners alone. With Axar and also Kuldeep Yadav, but also with the batters that we’ve got, can really make the most of those conditions. It’s a smaller ground as well. So, but in any IPL, you do have to make your home ground a fortress,” Watson said on the home advantage that Delhi Capitals have this season.

Notably, DC will kick-off their IPL 2023 campaign against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on April 1 at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

Delhi Capitals appoint Warner as skipper, Ganguly as Director of Cricket

Australian batter David Warner has been appointed skipper of Delhi Capitals for the upcoming IPL 2023 while all-rounder Axar Patel has been named as his deputy, the JSW-GMR co-owned franchise announced on Thursday.

Warner, 36, steps in as skipper for injured Rishabh Pant, who is currently undergoing rehab and recovery after surviving a horrific car crash last year.

This will be the second time Warner will lead Capitals, having been the interim captain for a couple of matches during the last year of his first stint with the franchise between 2009 and 2013 (Delhi Daredevils back then).

“Rishabh has been a terrific leader for Delhi Capitals, and we’re all going to miss having him around. I would like to thank the management for the faith and trust they’ve always shown in me. This franchise has always been home for me, and I couldn’t be more excited to lead such a supremely talented bunch of players. I can’t wait to meet them all, and get cracking,” the Australian opener said in a media release, issued by the franchise.

The franchise has also appointed former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the team’s Director of Cricket. Ganguly has been associated with Delhi Capitals in the past too, in the role of Mentor, during the 2019 season.

“I’m excited to be back with the Delhi Capitals. My association with the women’s team, and the Pretoria Capitals over the last few months has been fantastic, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season of the IPL,” Ganguly said.

“Delhi Capitals had done well as a team during my last stint with them. I’ve already been involved with the players this time around, and I’m keen to see them as a group. Hopefully, we will all have a great time over the next couple of months,” he added.

Meanwhile, team Chairman and co-owner Parth Jindal said there couldn’t have been a more apt candidate than Warner to captain Delhi Capitals.

“This is a hugely exciting time for the Capitals franchise. Between the previous IPL and the one coming up, our Capitals family has grown. We’re now the proud owners of a team in the ongoing Women’s Premier League, and have had successful opening seasons at the leagues conducted in South Africa and the UAE recently. In Rishabh’s absence, there couldn’t have been a more apt candidate than David to lead the Delhi Capitals,” said Jindal.

“With him as our leader, and Ricky and Dada overseeing all proceedings, I have no doubt that we are going to be the team to watch out for in the competition,” he added.

Team co-owner Kiran Kumar Grandhi said, “I would like to take this opportunity to welcome David on board as our captain, and Dada back in our franchise again. They are among the many reasons to look forward to the upcoming season of the IPL, which also marks the return of fans to Qila Kotla after a three-year gap. Their presence strengthens our team immensely, and we can’t wait to see them fill the stands. I wish everyone all the very best for a successful IPL 2023.”

The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League kicks off on March 31 while the Delhi Capitals take on Lucknow Super Giants in their season opener in an away game on April 1.