Indian batsmen need to step up for Delhi Capitals to win IPL: Shikhar Dhawan

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 18, 2019, 02.31 PM(IST)

Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan. Photograph:( AFP )

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'The most important thing for us will be that our Indian batsmen play well and our top 4-5 batsmen are Indian, so I am expecting a great season ahead,' said Dhawan. 

Shikhar Dhawan said that Indian batsmen need to step up in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League for Delhi Capitals. 

Dhawan, who was traded from Hyderabad for Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar and Shahbaz Nadeem, also feels that the current squad of Delhi team is very balanced. 

"In IPL, the team who wins the trophy is always the one who has the best balance in the squad," said Dhawan. 

"Our team this year is also very balanced as we have good all-rounders, spinners and batsmen."

"The most important thing for us will be that our Indian batsmen play well and our top 4-5 batsmen are Indian, so I am expecting a great season ahead," Dhawan added. 

Also Read: IPL 2019: Squad analysis of Delhi Capitals

DC has never won the IPL title but this time, they seek a change in fortunes for the 2019 edition as the franchise's new owners have changed their name from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals. 

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"It is like a second homecoming for me, and I am very excited to be a part of the Delhi Capitals for the IPL season. It is a very happy feeling for me to have come back to my home city of Delhi after spending 10 seasons away in the IPL," said Dhawan. 

He continued, "Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium has been my home ground since my early days, and I will be doing my best to perform for the team as I know the conditions and pitches well. 

"Apart from that, I will also be looking to help our younger players get used to the pressure of playing in such a big tournament, and hopefully I can spur them on to perform on the field to the best of their abilities." 

For Sunday's practice T20 match, the squad was divided into two teams, one led by Rishabh Pant, who joined them over the weekend, and the other by Shreyas Iyer. 

IPL, which is one of the world's most-watched sporting events, will kick-off from March 23.