In the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, the Delhi Capitals (DC) have already been taken out of the running for the playoffs. DC is currently in ninth place in the IPL 2023 points table, with 10 points from 13 games (5 wins, 8 losses). Rishabh Pant, the usual captain, was ruled out of the IPL 2023 season, so David Warner, an Australian batter, was made captain for the current season.
Since nothing has gone exactly as planned for Delhi, many fans and experts think that Axar Patel would have been a good choice for captain about halfway through the season. But Patel said that he would have turned down the captaincy if it had been given to him in the middle of the game. The India all-rounder has been in great shape for DC this year, which is a big deal. He is currently their second-highest run scorer with 268 runs in 14 games and their second-highest wicket-taker with 12 scalps in nine games.
“Mai chaalu series mey kisi ko kuch nahi bolta (I don’t say much during the mid-season). Even if they had given me the lead, I wouldn’t have taken it, Patel told The Indian Express.
The 29-year-old went on to say that things like this make things worse when a team is having such a bad season. He also said that you should support your teammates and leader, and that changing captaincy in the middle of the season sends the wrong message.
“These kinds of things make it worse when your team is having such a bad season. You need to back your players and your leader, and switching captains in the middle of the season doesn’t send a good message,” Patel added.
We all failed as a team, and you can’t blame Patel, who was the captain.
Axar Patel went on to say that nothing would have changed if he had been captain. He also said that the DC team failed as a whole, so the leader can’t be blamed. He also said that he was never asked to be captain because he didn’t want to ruin the mood in the locker room.
“I’ll be captain and nothing else will change. Aisa nahi tha ki ek banda kharab kar raha tha. How would you do it if you were the captain? (Even if I was the captain, things could have stayed the same. We all failed as a team, so you can’t put the blame on the captain.
“I’ve never talked to anyone about becoming captain, but if I did, I wouldn’t take on duty in the middle of a season. Patel said, “I don’t want to ruin the mood of the dressing room.”