Assistant coach Mohammad Kaif believes that the first match in the second half of the Indian Premier League will set the tone for the rest of the tournament for table toppers Delhi Capitals.
The second leg of the T20 league, which was suspended in May due to escalation COVID-19 Cases in India, and multiple infections in the IPL bio-bubble, are set to resume in the UAE from September 19.
Capitals are currently at the top of the points table with 12 points from eight matches.
“There has been a big break after the first half of the IPL but we are fortunate that most of the players are playing international cricket regularly,” Kaif said in a media release.
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“We have a well-balanced side as there are players with international cricket experience and domestic players who are doing well. The first match is going to be important for us.
“Our performance in the first match will set the pace for us,” he added.
Kaif said that the role of some players in the team may change due to the change of venue from India to UAE.
“We played well in India and now we have to build on our performance here in the UAE. Compared to the first half of the IPL, the roles of some players may change as the conditions are different here.
“We have to start afresh in the second half of the tournament. We are trying to get used to the conditions here in the next few days and will also play some practice matches.
star batsman Shreyas Iyer, who missed the first half of the season due to a shoulder injury, returned for the second leg.
“The team has not changed much as compared to the first half of the tournament, however the biggest plus for us is that Shreyas Iyer is back in the team.
“He is a fantastic player and he has been playing well for us over the last few seasons. We look forward to seeing him play this season,” said Kaif.
Capitals will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 22.