Shikhar Dhawan smashed his maiden IPL century to script Delhi Capitals’ five-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Sharjah on Saturday (October 17) but for skipper Shreyas Iyer, Akshar Patel too deserves some praise for his cameo.
Chasing 180 to win, DC needed 17 runs off the final over and Akshar whacked Ravindra Jadeja for three sixes to take his team over the line with one ball to spare.
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Speaking after the game, Iyer said he knew Delhi will win if Dhawan stays till the end and called Akshar an “unsung hero” of his side.
“I was very nervous, didn’t know what to say because it was getting to the last over. I knew that if Shikhar stays till the end, we will win,” said Iyer during the post-match presentation ceremony.
“But the way Axar struck the ball was amazing to see. Whenever we give the Man of the Match awards in our dressing room, he is always there. He is an unsung hero. His preparation is always on point and he knows what he is doing,” the skipper added.
Dhawan finished with 101 not out off 58 balls as Delhi Capitals won the game and regained the top spot in the IPL 2020 points table.
“We know the strengths and weaknesses of our team very well. We enjoy each other’s progress. I just told one of my team-mates today that the way Shikhar batted it was mesmerising to see. As a captain, that gives you breathing space that someone can take your team to the end,” said Iyer.
DC will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their next match on Tuesday (October 20).