Shame that Delhi Capitals couldn’t make it to IPL 2022 final, says Mitchell Marsh
Mitchell Marsh of the Delhi Capitals thinks it’s a “sad” that his team didn’t make it to the IPL 2022 final after losing the last league match to the Mumbai Indians.
Despite having a lower net run rate throughout the season, Royal Challengers Bangalore made it due to DC’s five-wicket defeat.
“It was a shame we couldn’t get into the (IPL) finals,” the 30-year-old said here ahead of the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, beginning on June 7.
In a five-match One-Day International series, Australia will face Sri Lanka.
Marsh and his Australian teammate David Warner provided the backbone of Delhi’s top-order in the first half of the competition, overcoming a bout of Covid-19.
He entrusted with batting at No 3 by coach Ricky Ponting, and he made 251 runs at a strike rate of 132.80.
“Everyone speaks about him (Ponting) so much and what he achieved in the game. But I got a real sense of how much he cares for his players. I guess that’s probably what he was like as a captain and a leader of a team,” he said.
“I got the real sense for how he (head coach Ricky Ponting) cares for his players and that was probably how he was as a captain and a leader of a team — it’s the way he makes you feel. He made me feel like a really important player for Delhi,” he added.
On overcoming Covid-19, he said: “After my first couple of weeks, there I thought that I was cursed in India,” he said.
“I got through my initial injury – which was very minor. But then to play one game and get COVID, it was a bit of a shaky start. But once I got going it was nice to put a few consistent performances on the board. I absolutely loved my time there.”
He also stated that he would prefer to bat at No. 3 in the future.
“I have loved batting at number three, and I’ve been there a bit over 12 months now. I certainly feel like that’s my best positioning in T20 cricket. And I’ve loved batting in the power play, I’ve batted a lot with David Warner. And had some great partnerships with him – it’s been really enjoyable.”
“Hopefully, I can keep being as consistent as I possibly can at number three and stay up there. International cricket is really hard. But you’ve got to believe that you belong here and I think over the last 12 months.
“I have really gained the belief that my best can match up with anyone in the world,” Marsh added.
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