Today the Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad take on the second qualifier of the Indian Premier League. The Sunrisers are in excellent form. She won the last three matches of the league stage to advance to the playoffs and then advanced to the second qualifier by defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals won seven out of the first nine matches and then got into trouble after losing four consecutive matches. In their last league match, they defeated Bangalore and finished second in the points table.
The team that wins this match on Sunday will take on Mumbai Indians in the final on Tuesday. The big concern for Delhi is the start of the innings. Opener Prithvi Shaw is not in good form. But despite this, former team captain Gautam Gambhir says that he would like to include this young aggressive batsman in this do or die match.
In the last six matches of Delhi Capitals, Prithvi Shaw has been dismissed three times without opening an account. He has scored 7, 9 and 10 runs in the remaining three innings. His poor form is a matter of great concern for Delhi Capitals.
Ajinkya Rahane, on the other hand, has been out on zero twice in the last six matches but the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore scored a run of 60 runs. Now it is a big question which of these two should give Delhi Capitals a chance in this crucial match against Sunrisers on Sunday.
Former Team India opener Gautam Gambhir replaced Prithvi Shaw in the playing cap of Delhi Capitals before the match and did not include Rahane. When Gambhir was asked about this, he said that Rahane is not such an influential player at number three.
In a special chat with ESPN Cricinfo, Gambhir said, “I need an influential player in the top order. Especially in a do or die match. I know Prithwa Sav is not in good form but Rahane is also not in very good form at the moment.
Gambhir further said, “Also Rahane bats at number three, he is not a very influential player at this position. You can get Rahane to start the innings but if you have to choose between Saw and Rahane as an opener and you look at the bowling line-up, I would like to give Saw another chance. If he bats six overs, then I will get the necessary start.