Right-arm pacer Mohit Sharma, who made his India and IPL debut in 2013, was bought the Delhi Capitals for his base price of 50 lakhs ahead of the 2020 season. This would be the first time for the IPL veteran to be representing the Delhi-based franchise. But he is hopeful of a bright future ahead for Delhi, especially with the young squad that they have formed, and that they would yield results in this season. The young-side, which is led by captain Shreyas Iyer, has the guidance of former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, and Mohit Sharma believes it’s a huge advantage for the team.
“If we keep results aside, the Delhi team has always been very good. I have played in other teams and Delhi was always competitive. Back then, we always used to say that you can never take Delhi lightly. There are a lot of youngsters in the team, and even now why people are saying that Delhi is strong is because we have continued with those youngsters for two years now, so they are settled. The results were not (consistently) in our favour because the process to get desired results is a long one. That could be the reason,” Mohit Sharma was quoted as saying by TOI.
“But at the moment, the team is looking very strong and the kind of process that’s going on, the amount of hard work we are putting in, the way (Ricky) Ponting is guiding us or the way Ryan Harris is working with the bowlers, I think the results will be in our favour this season.”
All teams in the UAE, preparing ahead of the 13th IPL edition, are in a bio-secure bubble. But with the quarantine restrictions, which were strictly followed in the 1st week, getting eased out, Sharma said it’s a good time for the team to socialise together even when not training in the camp.
“It’s been almost two weeks in the bubble. The first week of quarantine was a bit difficult – you couldn’t go anywhere, not even in the room next to you, that was the difficult part. But even in that phase, we were provided with all the exercise equipment (in the hotel room), yoga sessions were going on through video conferencing. So time was well spent, despite it being difficult. Now we are out, getting to play cricket, it’s a nice feeling. On a personal note, I am not the kind of person who goes out a lot. I am getting to play cricket, that’s enough for me,” he added.
“We are trying to spend as much time with each other. If we are not training, we eat together, spend time around the pool maybe. We don’t have that much area to move around in the hotel, but whatever access we have, we try to spend time together.”