IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Will Seek Some Backup Players At Auction, Says Assistant Coach Mohammed Kaif

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Having hit their first Indian Premier League (IPL) final in 2020, Delhi Capitals will seek to further strengthen their team as they prepare for the IPL auction scheduled for Thursday in Chennai. Delhi Capitals retained its core team in January 2021, while releasing as many as six players for the upcoming season. Delhi Capitals’ assistant coaches Mohammad Kaif and Pravin Amre went up for auction, with a total of eight vacancies, including three foreign slots, that the runners-up of the previous edition will try to bid on the potential backups for their retained core unit.

“We already have our main core unit that played last season. We’ve brought out a few players, so we’ll try to fill those gaps. I think flexibility is key in the auction,” said Kaif.

“You can have all the plans for the auction, but things can change on the auction table. We have to make spontaneous decisions.

“Our main players have been playing continuously and there are no problems with fitness. So we will be looking for some backup players in tomorrow’s auction.”

Commenting on the current roster, Pravin Amre, Delhi Capitals assistant coach said: “I have to say that the owners and head coach have done a great job of keeping the core unit of this team that played the final in 2020.

“To be fair, if we are asked to play tomorrow, we have an XI game ready with us, so I think that’s the successful planning, and that’s what we’ve learned from other teams already stand behind their core for a long time.

“This team played really great cricket last year, and everyone, not just management, but they also won the hearts of DC fans. I think that’s why they deserve to be here as a unit,” he added to it.

Amre added that Delhi Capitals’ team management has a clearly defined plan for the 2021 IPL auction.

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“We have a clear frame of mind about what we’re going to do at the auction table. We’re not desperate to get behind just one player who can fit into the playing XI, that’s not the case for us,” Amre said.

“The IPL is a tough tournament, anything can happen to key players, such as injuries or other reasons, so that’s why we should have that backup for everyone. So that’s the area we want to reach when we auction it. ‘said Amre.

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