Delhi Capitals’ newbies Lukman Meriwala, Vishnu Vinod keen to indicate mettle underneath Shreyas Iyer, Ricky Ponting

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Lukman Meriwala

Delhi Capitals’ two new recruits, wicketkeeper-batsman Vishnu Vinod and left-arm pacer Lukman Meriwala are each excited and desirous to show their mettle underneath skipper Shreyas Iyer and coach Ricky Ponting within the impending 14th season of the Indian Premier League. The 2 cricketers have been roped in at their base worth of INR 20 Lakhs throughout the IPL public sale which occurred final month in Chennai. 

Vinod, who performs for Kerala and has scored 906 T20 runs in his 35-match profession, is somewhat excited to play alongside Steve Smith, who as nicely was picked by the Capitals within the public sale after Rajasthan Royals had launched him earlier this yr. 

“I’m excited to play in a staff of kids who have been final yr’s finalists. Will probably be thrilling to play alongside Steve Smith and to be coached by Ricky Ponting. I’m additionally trying ahead to enjoying underneath Shreyas Iyer’s captaincy as nicely,” he mentioned. 

This will likely be his second IPL season having performed for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017, though he made simply three appearances making 19 runs. Recalling that season, Vinod spoke about his expertise of sharing the dressing room with AB de Villiers. ” I look as much as AB de Villiers. I used to be in awe of AB once I noticed him and obtained to be with him in individual. I used to be too shy to even speak to him. Throughout a staff assembly, he as soon as informed me ‘I will likely be watching you’. He informed me to follow respiration whereas batting to assist me attain readability whereas pondering and enjoying. I’ve been working towards that ever since he informed me.”

Lukman, the Baroda-based pacer, has performed 44 T20 matches, choosing 72 wickets at an unbelievable common of 14.54. Within the final Syed Mushtaq Ali marketing campaign, he picked 15 wickets to complete because the second-highest wicket-taker within the competitors. 

Lukman is trying ahead to spending time with Delhi Capitals’ speedsters Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Kagiso Rabada. “I’m actually completely happy to hitch the Delhi Capitals. My household and the folks in my village are additionally very completely happy. I’m trying ahead to talking with Ishant (Sharma) bhai, Umesh (Yadav) bhai and Kagiso Rabada within the camp. Every time I make a mistake, I’ll communicate to them and work on my errors.”

Though he was anticipating himself to be picked by an IPL staff, it nonetheless stays a surreal feeling for the 29-year-old who will likely be making his maiden IPL look.

“When the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021 was held, I did not take into consideration the rest and focussed on solely that match. After doing nicely there, I anticipated to be picked by an IPL staff this yr. When the public sale was occurring, I used to be working towards within the nets in Surat. The Vijay Hazare Trophy was occurring that point. Our staff’s (Baroda) video analyst got here to the nets and informed that I’ve been picked by Delhi Capitals. I ended bowling instantly and was so completely happy to listen to the information. Our nets session was additionally paused for 5 minutes as all of the gamers in my staff congratulated me,” mentioned Meriwala.

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