The newly appointed assistant coach of Delhi Capitals, Ajit Agarkar believes that on a given day, any team can dominate the opposition in a T20 match. Citing the example of Rajasthan Royals, Agarkar pointed out that T20 is a format where anything can happen and that the margin of error and skills is very less between two teams.
Speaking to host broadcaster, Agarkar said, “If you see Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of IPL, everyone was having a laugh at the team they picked in the auction, but they went on to win the trophy.”
Rajasthan Royals was led by Shane Warne in 2008 whose leadership only propelled the talents like Ravindra Jadeja, Yousuf Pathan, and Shane Watson.
Agarkar’s statement reminds us of the time last year when India got defeated by arch-rivals Pakistan for the very first time in World cup history. While the Indian team looked mighty formidable on the paper, that wasn’t the case to be during the match. The Pakistani quicks got hold of Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul and India was never able to recover from there. Courtesy of Kohli’s 57 and Pant’s 39 runs, India was able to pose a challenging target of 157 runs but the Indian bowling looked clueless against the Pakistani openers of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan who did not lose their wickets and chased down the target in only 17.5 overs.
Agarkar will oversee the performance of the bowlers for Delhi capitals. The main bowlers for the franchise are Anrich Nortje, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Vicky Ostwal, and Sarfaraz Khan. The franchise has also appointed Shane Watson recently as their assistant coach, who will oversee the performance of the batters. Ricky Ponting is the head coach of the team. In the last year’s IPL, Delhi Capitals topped the points table after the league matches.