‘A franchise like Delhi Capitals never supports Indian players. ‘It’s my problem’: Robin Uthappa loses his temper over DC’s tactics

Robin Uthappa was not very happy with Delhi Capitals’ decision as the team opted to field four foreign batsmen in the opening match of IPL 2024.

‘A franchise like Delhi Capitals never supports Indian players. ‘It’s my problem’: Robin Uthappa loses his temper over DC’s tactics

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Liam Livingstone and Harpreet Brar of Punjab Kings after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match vs Delhi Capitals (PTI)
Liam Livingstone and Harpreet Brar of Punjab Kings after winning the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match vs Delhi Capitals (PTI)
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Former India cricketer Robin Uthappa criticized the Delhi Capitals team management for not supporting the Indian players of his team enough. Uthappa’s comments came during DC’s opening match of IPL 2024 against Punjab Kings in Mullanpur on Saturday.

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Uthappa said on Geo, “Why don’t you support the Indian players you have selected? I don’t understand why a franchise like DC does not support Indian players. That’s my problem with DC, they never support their Indian players. Don’t try it.” Cinema.

DC played four foreign batsmen in their top six, dropped Prithvi Shaw and also did not select Abhishek Porlel in the first XI. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh opened the batting, followed by Shai Hope, who made his IPL debut. But it was young Porel who came to DC’s rescue by coming in the form of an impact player.

The young left-hander came in at number 9 and scored 32 runs in 10 balls with only 17 balls left in the innings. It was his innings that helped DC reach 174/9. Uthappa said DC should ideally consider having someone like Porel bat in the top four.
Looking at Porel’s technique, I think he can achieve great success at the top of the order. But how will you know unless you try it? Why not let him bat at number 3 or 4? “He came in as an impact player at No. 9 and almost saved the franchise,” Uthappa said.

The former keeper-batsman was also unhappy with Axar Patel’s batting position. The all-rounder, who was DC’s second-highest run-scorer last season, was sent down to No. 7.

“He batted at No. 7, his second-highest scorer last year. When will you utilize the form of your in-form Indian players?” He asked.

Curran scored 63 runs off 47 balls and was ably supported by compatriot Liam Livingstone (38 not out off 21 balls) as Punjab completed the chase of 175 with four balls to spare.
Punjab Kings started brightly and scored 34 runs in three overs as Shikhar Dhawan (22 runs from 16 balls) attacked the wicket but was fouled by Ishant Sharma.

Impact Sub Prabhasimran came in at number three and Ishant hit him for a four on a ball that was just the right length and put the batsman in two minds. Prabhsimran’s reply was a four through mid-off as the batsman showed aggressive intent.

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After hitting two fours in three balls, Jonny Bairstow was unfortunately run out as Ishant managed to get his fingers past a Prabhasimran drive before the ball hit the stumps at the non-striker’s end.

Bairstow dived but went far behind and could not race against the ball.

Prabhasimran (27 off 17 balls) hit two consecutive fours off Khaleel Ahmed to ease the pressure, but after taking charge, the batsman fell to in-form wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who trapped him with a googly.

Kuldeep with the help of Jitesh Sharma put Punjab in trouble at 100 runs for four wickets in the 12th over.

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