The Delhi Capitals started their IPL 2023 campaign with a victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in a low-scoring match played in Delhi. The coaching staff breathed a sigh of relief when the host team finally accomplished a modest objective after much effort. Sourav Ganguly, the former Indian captain and current director of cricket for Delhi, compared his team’s victory to his Test debut at Lord’s in 1996.
Nitish Rana’s men had set a paltry target of 128 runs for the home team, and after a scintillating start by Delhi’s captain David Warner, it appeared as if the home team would easily reach the target. After the powerplay, the Delhi innings went into a tailspin, requiring Axar Patel to save his team’s face in a last-over thriller.
The coaching staff of Delhi, including head coach Ricky Ponting and Director of Cricket Sourav Ganguly, were relieved to see their team earn its first victory of the tournament, with Ganguly equating it to one of his personal milestones. The former Indian captain, who made his Test début in 1996, likened the sensation to when he scored his first runs for India in Test cricket.
“I’m pleased to get off the mark. Twenty-five years ago, as I sat in the dugout, I was reminded of my first Test run. After the low-scoring match against KKR, Ganguly remarked, “Today, luck was on our side.”
We must reflect on ourselves and determine how we can improve. Ganguly
While the bowlers performed admirably in the first innings, restricting the KKR batting order to a below-average total, it was the batting that nearly cost them the game. Ganguly anticipated that the batters would have an easier time against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad due to the batting-friendly surface.
“We bowled well earlier in the season as well. However, the batting is the problem. We must examine our past actions and determine how we can improve. We exert great effort with the lads to get them back in shape. Manish, Prithvi, or Mitch Marsh. They have been key members of their respective teams for some time. The former captain of India stated, “We have a day off tomorrow and will then fly to Hyderabad, where hopefully the batting wicket will be favorable, as it typically is there.”