The capital's all rounders
Saying that the Delhi Capitals have been unlucky at the IPL would be an understatement. However, this time around they have two of India’s best emerging players in their roster.
Shreyas, the Delhi Capitals are one of the few times that has never made it to the semifinals of the IPL. Is it going to change this year? What is the team planning to do differently this year?
Shreyas Iyer (SI): We’re very optimistic this time around with our line up now having a great mix of experienced players and youth. Things look positive and Delhi Capitals as a team is approaching the season with just one goal in mind – winning the title. We’ll take it match by match and try and be as consistent as possible. You are also one of the youngest captains to lead an IPL team.
How difficult is it for you to lead a team on such a grand and large platform?
SI: It’s an absolute honour, one that also comes with tremendous responsibility. I maybe the youngest IPL captain, but our staff and management has been brilliant so far. Also, there will be seniors who will be helping me with my decisions. We’re hoping for a great season ahead.
How do you feel about spin bowling changing over the years?
SI: It is one of the biggest weapons in the modern-day game for sure in terms of getting breakthroughs. If your spinners assist you in getting the top wickets, you’re bound to be on top of your game. Hanuma, you left an indelible mark when you hit that half century on your debut, against England.
How did it feel to do so well against such a strong team, at their home ground?
Hanuma Vihari (HV): It was a dream come true! I watched the India-England series in 2014, and then when I made my own debut, that too at a ground like the Oval, it was frankly quite unbelievable that it was all happening. And the half century was definitely the icing on the cake!
You are formidable both with the bat as well as the ball. Are we moving towards a time when the focus will be more on all-rounders rather than specialists?
HV: Yes, the modern day game demands contribution from players in all departments including fielding. I want to improve my bowling so that it helps improve the team’s balance.
You have played for a number of teams in the IPL. Do you think it will help you in strategising when playing against them when you take the field?
HV: Well, T20 is a very unpredictable format, so it’s tough to take forward strategies as such. All players as individuals have their own way of working, so it depends on how things are on the day, and in a particular match.
How do you think the upcoming season of IPL is shaping up to be?
HV: I’m really excited to be a part of the IPL after 3 years, and with Delhi Capitals, mainly because during this time, I’ve developed so much as a player. Delhi Capitals as a side is great to be a part of, given the balance of Indian and foreign players. Under Shreyas’ (Iyer) and Ricky’s (Ponting) leadership, this could be a great season for us.