JAIPUR, April 23: Being at the top of the ladder is not familiar territory for Delhi Capitals and opener Prithvi Shaw credited the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting for guiding the team to a commanding position in the ongoing IPL.
In the last nine editions of the IPL, Delhi have finished last on four occasions. From being the perennial strugglers, they have managed to turn things around this season.
Shaw said coach Ricky Ponting, adviser Sourav Ganguly and assistant coach Mohammad Kaif have stitched the team into an effective unit.
�With seniors like Sourav Sir, Ricky Sir, Kaif Sir around, the body language changes. There are few youngsters like me, Sandeep (Lamichhane), Manjot (Kalra) but we are never made to feel that we were inexperienced, instead we are always kept in the same group with the seniors, on and off the field.
�Sourav Sir even chill with us when we don�t have practice. We go for dinners together. So there is a very strong bonding,� said Shaw at the post-match press conference.
Delhi Capitals posted a six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals here on Monday night and acquired pole position in the IPL.
Chasing a steep 192-run target, Rishabh Pant (78 off 36 balls) steered Delhi to victory after Dhawan (54 off 27) gave the team a rollicking start with a barrage of fours and sixes, adding 72 runs for the opening wicket with Shaw (42) in only 7.3 overs.
Even as Dhawan slammed the bowlers all around the park, Shaw was more measured in his approach.
�I had not slowed down. It makes sense if someone is going better than you in the Powerplay like Shikhi (Dhawan) bhai has done, I can�t just go out and smash every ball. I have to be mentally prepared as well to play that sort of innings.� � PTI