IPL 2023: Delhi Capitals assistant coach Pravin Amre acknowledged that the think tank may consider giving Axar Patel a larger role with the bat this season.
DC open to giving Axar more prominent role with bat: Assistant coach Amre (AP Photo)
By India Today Sports Desk: Delhi Capitals assistant coach Pravin Amre backed out-of-form Prithvi Shaw to play well in the upcoming matches of IPL 2023 while adding that the think tank may consider giving Axar Patel a more prominent role with the bat this season.
Notably, batting has been a major disappointment for DC, fielding has been sloppy in places, and bowling has lacked venom. However, the form of Axar Patel, who has had a good run with the bat recently and even scored a crisp 36 against Gujarat Titans, has been one of the silver linings in the batting department for DC.
“We have a good option with Axar. He has been with us for five years now. The way he has batted for India was remarkable. He is a candidate, especially since he is a left-hander. It’s been on our minds on how we can utilize him best,” DC assistant coach Pravin Amre said in the pre-match presser.
Except for David Warner, none of the top-order batters have stayed long enough to contribute. Even though the DC captain has two half-centuries, he has scored at an excruciatingly slow rate of 117.04. Prithvi Shaw, his opening partner, fared even worse, with only 19 runs in three innings.
“Prithvi is a capable batter. But yes, he hasn’t delivered according to our expectations. We are hopeful that he will deliver for us in the coming matches. We all know that he has the ability, it’s a matter of where he clicks,” Amre added.
DC have registered scores of 47/2, 52/2, and 38/3 in the PowerPlay through three games. While two out of three may appear to be good starts, they were only made possible by the extras conceded by the bowlers. Amre admitted that there is room for improvement in the powerplay.
“We have to work on our powerplay game with the bat,” he said. “When your top four batters get runs, then your team is in a different position. We will see who will get those runs for our team.