Have to be all-round performers to win IPL, need to chase well: Kaif

DUBAI: Delhi Capitals’ assistant coach Mohammad Kaif on Monday said that his team’s focus will be on chasing well during the second phase of the IPL having successfully defended targets in multiple games.

With seven wins in nine matches, the Capitals’ have been the team to beat this IPL but out of the two games that they lost, one was while chasing against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai.

Shreyas Iyer’s men had failed to chase a 163-run target against Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 29, going down by 15 runs but they made amends in their last game against Chennai Super Kings by overhauling a target of 180 on Saturday.

“We are very happy at the moment because in the first game that we chased, we lost against SRH. We couldn’t chase their target of about 160, but against CSK it was good, because it was a tough task to chase,” Kaif said ahead of DC’s match against a resurgent Kings XI Punjab.

“We were not chasing well so far in this tournament – we were a defending kind of team. Our bowlers have done well so far…”

Kaif said his team wants to achieve more consistency while chasing targets.

“To win a tournament like IPL, you have to be all-round performers. If you bat first, you have to put runs on the board, which we have been doing in this tournament. But if you bat second, you should be able to chase down the target,” he said. (AGENCIES)