Shane Watson – We have to find a way to execute our skills with the bat for a longer period
Delhi Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson believes that the team’s inability to consistently use its batting skills has been its downfall this season, with only three games remaining, DC, who is now last in the points table and has four wins so far, are almost eliminated from playoff contention.
Delhi Capitals assistant coach Shane Watson believes that the team’s inability to consistently use its batting skills has been its downfall this season, resulting in seven defeats out of 11 Indian Premier League games so far.
With only three games remaining, DC, who are now last in the points table and have four wins so far, are almost eliminated from playoff contention.
On Wednesday, DC lost to Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs after dominating the home team for the better part of their bowling effort. CSK posted a total of 167/8 in their 20 overs, before restricting DC to 140/8.
Speaking about the game, Watson said:
“We have to find a way to execute our skills with the bat for a longer period. If we can do that, as we have done at certain stages of the tournament, then we can produce good batting performances.”
He said that people in the DC dug-out felt that 167/8 was parred score on a track that offered turn.
“We thought 167 was a par score on the wicket in Chennai. It was important for us to get off to a decent start, but unfortunately, we couldn’t do that. It was also hard for us to rebuild after losing three wickets in the power play.”
Skipper David Warner’s early dismissal was also a big factor, said the former Australian all-rounder.
“Everything clicked well against RCB. Unfortunately, Davey (Warner) wasn’t able to get through the first over. Then we lost (Phil) Salt and (Mitchell) Marsh as well. So, things just didn’t work out against CSK.”
When asked about the aspects the team needs to focus on for the upcoming games, Watson said, “We’ve got to just keep working on getting better. We were excellent with the ball for the majority of CSK’s innings.”DC will take on Punjab Kings in their next match at the Kotla on May 13.