IPL 2022: No Strong Or Weak Team In T20 Cricket, Believes Delhi Capitals Assistant Coach Ajit Agarkar

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DC assistant coach Ajit Agarkar feels that there is no clear favourite in the T20 format.© Instagram

Former India pacer and Delhi Capitals assistant coach Ajit Agarkar feels that there is no clear favourite in the T20 format and more so in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as anyone can be a winner. Putting forward Rajasthan Royals’ maiden triumph in the inaugural edition of the IPL as a case study Agarkar commented on the glorious uncertainties of cricket.

“In T20 cricket there is no strong or weak team, I wish it were true and you could pick one or two teams but that’s not the case. We have enough of evidence throughout the editions of IPL that no team is easier to beat,” Agarkar said during the IPL gameplan show on Star Sports.

“If you see Rajasthan Royals in the first edition of IPL, everyone was having a laugh at the team they picked in the auction, but they went on to win the trophy,” he added.

On February 23, IPL franchise Delhi Capitals announced the appointment of Ajit Agarkar as the team’s new assistant coach.

Agarkar joined the Delhi Capitals coaching staff of Ricky Ponting (Head Coach), Pravin Amre (Assistant Coach) and James Hopes (Bowling Coach).

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The 44-year-old, with 288 ODI and 58 Test wickets to his name, has represented Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

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Indian Premier League 2022: Shane Watson Appointed Delhi Capitals’ New Assistant Coach

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Delhi Capitals on Tuesday appointed former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson as their new assistant coach ahead of IPL 2022 season. The 40-year-old joins the coaching staff comprising Ricky Ponting (Head Coach), Pravin Amre (Assistant Coach), Ajit Agarkar (Assistant Coach) and James Hopes (Bowling Coach). On his appointment, Watson said: “The IPL, the best T20 tournament in the world. I’ve got incredible memories as a player, first of all with Rajasthan Royals winning it in 2008, led by the incredible man Shane Warne, RCB and then CSK.”

“I’ve got incredible memories as a player, and now coaching opportunities. It’s come to be able to work under the great Ricky Ponting. He was an amazing leader as a captain, and now to be able to coach under him. He is one of the best coaches in the world now. So, for me to be able to learn the ropes under Ricky, I am really excited,” added the Australian.

“With Delhi Capitals, they got great squad, now is the time to win their first title. I am super pumped to get over there, work with the boys, help them out as much as I can and hopefully, we can win the first title. Can’t wait to get over there,” said Watson.

Considered one of the best all-rounders in white-ball cricket, Watson has been a part of two of Australia’s World Cup winning campaigns in the 50 over format — in 2007 and 2015.

At the 2012 T20 World Cup, he was named ‘Player of the Tournament’. Having represented his country in 190 ODIs and 58 T20Is, Watson has over 7,000 runs, and more than 200 wickets to his name in limited overs cricket.

In the Indian Premier League, the Queenslander has played for Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings and has won the title twice – with RR in 2008, and with CSK in 2018.

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Watson has 3,875 runs and 92 wickets to his name in the IPL, and has often been hailed as one of the tournament’s best all-rounders owing to his consistency.

Delhi Capitals open their campaign on March 27 against the Mumbai Indians at the Brabourne Stadium. The franchise is placed in Group A alongside Mumbai, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants.

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