Exclusive: Sourav Ganguly on Delhi's chances of lifting IPL 2019 trophy

WION Web Team Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India May 05, 2019, 04.08 PM(IST) Written By: Jhalak Nagpal

File photo of Sourav Ganguly. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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With nine victories from 14 games, Delhi sit at the second place on the points table and are top contenders to lift the IPL trophy for the first time. 

Delhi's fortune changed in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the team managing to reach the knockout stage for the first time since 2012. 

On April 28, the Shreyas Iyer-led team registered a comprehensive 16-run victory over Virat Kohli's Bangalore at the Feroz Shah Kotla, to seal their place in the playoffs. 

With nine victories from 14 games, Delhi sit at the second place on the points table and are the top contenders to lift the IPL trophy for the first time

However, the team's advisor and mentor Sourav Ganguly feels that the journey for Delhi is still very long and the team has to work really hard to reach the finals.
 
When asked how confident he is of Delhi winning the tournament, Ganguly in an exclusive to wionews.com said, "it's too early to say". 

"It's too early to say anything. We have reached the knockout stage but still, the team has to work hard and play really well to reach the finals and win the tournament".

While some fanatic fans credit the change in name from Daredevils to Capitals the reason behind the team's brilliant performance, cricket experts feel it is the strategies of mentors Sourav Ganguly and head coach Ricky Ponting that did wonders for the team.  

Talking about the tournament, Delhi chased down a target of 116 runs to defeat Rajasthan by five wickets and tie on points with Chennai, who are sitting at the top of the table with 18 points. 

With Kagiso Rabadda flying back home, it was left to the other Delhi Capitals bowlers to take charge. Ishant Sharma and Amit Mishra bowled their hearts out to frustrate Rajasthan, who opted to bat first.

In batting, Rishabh Pant, who was not included in India's 15-man squad for 2019 World Cup, smashed a brilliant half-century to take his side to victory.

Pant remained unbeaten for 53 runs which came in 38 balls and included two boundaries and five huge sixes.