Former Indian skipper Kris Srikkanth chastised Delhi Capitals batter, Mitchell Marsh, for his rusty innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday. RCB defeated Rishabh Pant and his men by 16 runs at the Wankhede stadium.
RCB rode on plucky fifties by Glenn Maxwell (55) and Dinesh Karthik (66*) to post 189/5 in the first innings. Delhi Capitals started off well as David Warner scored a brisk fifty (66 in 38 balls) including four boundaries and five massive sixes.
DC vs RCB: Bangalore defeat Delhi as Mitchell Marsh struggled with runs
Warner’s Australian teammate Marsh, who recovered from a hip-flexor injury and played his first game of IPL 2022, struggled to find momentum in the chase. Marsh made 14 runs in 24 balls at a dismal strike rate of 58.33 and didn’t clear the ropes on a single instance.
The Australian all-rounder was run out by Wanindu Hasaranga at the non-striker’s end on the final ball of the 14th over. Pant struck at 200 (34 in 17 balls) before Virat Kohli took a one-handed stunner to wrap his resilience. Josh Hazlewood once again continued to impress with his brilliant spell of 3/28 playing in his second game for RCB in the IPL 2022.
DC vs RCB: Mitchell Marsh was the villain for me: Kris Srikkanth
Srikkanth noted that Marsh’s uncanny approach mounted pressure on Warner and Pant. The former Indian player reckoned Marsh should have retired out just like Ravichandran Ashwin did for Rajasthan Royals in their match against Lucknow Super Giants.
Apart from Marsh’s innings, Srikkanth pointed out Mustafizur Rahman’s 18th over against Karthik, which went for 28 runs, was another shortcoming for Delhi Capitals in the match.
“David Warner was very brilliant and because of the pressure created by Mitch Marsh one and lasted…come on Mitch, you should have thought out or just said retired out.
That’s the best way out like what Ashwin did because you had a deep batting order then by the time the run rate had climbed up to 13-14 runs per over Rishabh Pant tried desperately but the villain for me is Mitch Marsh,” Srikkanth said on YouTube channel ‘Crichunt’, as reported by Hindustan Times.
“Frankly speaking, they were off to a good start and Warner was in terrific form but because of the pressure put on by Marsh, Warner got out and Pant had to go after every ball and he also got out.
“These are the two important factors – that one over of Fizz and the knock of Mitch Marsh. It finished off Delhi Capitals.
“Can’t blame Marsh, it was his first match and looked a bit rusty, but we could have done better in the middle overs. The wicket got better and better as the innings went along, that over from Mustafizur was a game-changer for us,” he added.
Delhi Capitals will play their next match of IPL 2022 against Punjab Kings on April 20 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium in Pune.