Iyer confident the Capitals can keep up great form despite loss of Mishra
The Delhi Capitals recorded their fourth win in five matches when they beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 59 runs on Monday doing so without Amit Mishra.
Mishra will miss the rest of the Indian Premier League as the Capitals chase a maiden title, and there are good signs that they will be able to make up for the veteran tweaker’s absence.
Iyer backs his young team
Spin-bowling allrounder Axar Patel stepped up in a big way to win the man of the match award.
Iyer has backed his young Capitals side to keep up their excellent form in the coming weeks.
“Getting four out of five, I will take that any day,” Iyer said after the triumph.
“Kudos to the boys. Also, the temperament shown in pressure situations.
“Strategy was to play with freedom and be fearless. We have got good youngsters in our team who are filled with energy.
“Just that we have to go out and execute our talent and skill. It is really important for us to get good recovery after the games.
“It is not easy when you are in the bio-bubble. We try to get into team activities and get to know each other well.
“It is really saddening when your senior-most player [Mishra] who has been doing so well misses out. We will miss him, but we have got good replacements as well.”
Axar brilliantly augmented the skills of the Capitals three frontline bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje and Ravichandran Ashwin; the left-arm spinner took 2 for 18 from his four overs putting the squeeze on RCB at a crucial juncture.
Axar ready for the powerplay
The allrounder bowled in the powerplay as Iyer mixed things up early using all five of his bowlers in the first five overs.
“The way the wicket was, I knew it was holding up,” Axar said while accepting his man of the match award.
“So I was ready to bowl in the powerplay. And you can see the results for yourself. I spoke to the batsmen who told me it was stopping at them. So my plan was to bowl my stock ball, but bowl them within the stumps and also keep changing the pace. I was looking to defend when I just started, but when the third ball turned, I changed gears and got into attack mode.”
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