New Delhi, April 21st, 2023: On April 20, at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, the Delhi Capitals (DC) defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by four wickets for their first IPL 2023 victory. After a delayed start due to rain, the Delhi Capitals dismissed the Kolkata Knight Riders for 127 and then chased down the total in 19.2 overs. After five consecutive losses in the tournament, Kuldeep Yadav, who returned with figures of 2/15 for Delhi Capitals, discussed the significance of the victory. “The first victory is always crucial for momentum. We bowled very well against the Kolkata Knight Riders. We exerted considerable effort to limit them to 127 points.” During the team’s chase, Manish Pandey and Aman Khan fell in rapid succession, putting the Delhi franchise in a precarious position. When asked about this, Kuldeep responded, “At one point in the game, we lost consecutive wickets.” However, we were not anxious as there were few runs available. Axar and Lalit concluded the contest on our behalf. You must always strive for your first victory, and we did.” Ishant Sharma was a very accurate thrower: Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep, commenting on his own bowling performance, said, “I am ecstatic that my contributions helped the team triumph. If our team is losing while I bowl well, my performance is irrelevant.
Ishant Sharma, who played his first IPL match in two years, returned with a phenomenal 2/19. When questioned about the speedster’s performance, Kuldeep expressed “massive respect” for the veteran’s performance after recovering from illness.
“Ishant was extremely precise with the ball. And when you enter the field with an experienced player, you acquire confidence. He provided us with crucial breakthroughs and is familiar with the conditions in Delhi. Kuldeep remarked, “I have enormous respect for him for delivering such a performance after being sick for a week.”