DC beat KXIP : Shreyas Iyer lauds Stoinis, Rabada, gives update on Ashwin’s injury


Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer said the physio will assess the extent of R Ashwin’s shoulder injury before they take a call on his availability in the immediate future at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Ashwin suffered a nasty blow to his shoulder when he dived to stop a single in his 1st over against Kings XI Punjab in Dubai on Sunday.

Ashwin walked off in visible discomfort and had his hand placed in a sling even as speculations of a shoulder dislocation was rife. Ashwin did not take any further part in the match which ended with Delhi Capitals winning a dramatic Super Over to begin their campaign in the UAE with 2 points.


Speaking after the dramatic win, Shreyas Iyer said the extent of Ashwin’s injury was not yet known but the Delhi Capitals captain revealed that the strong-minded off-spinner told him he would be available for their next match.

“It’s only up to the physio right now. When I spoke to him at the end of the game, he was like ‘I will be ready for the next game. But at the end of the day, it’s the physio’s decision. He is a strong-minded guy, we hope he is available for the next game,” Iyer said.


Ashwin was not wearing the sling when he walked out to collect an award during the post-match ceremony in Dubai. He showed no sign of discomfort when he was presented with a cheque. Kevin Pietersen, during the post-match show for Star Sports, also pointed out that ‘there was no worry’ when Ashwin came out to collect his cheque.

Ashwin began his Delhi Capitals stint with a dream over, in which he removed Mayank Agarwal and Nicholas Pooran in a span of 5 balls to dent Kings XI Punjab in their chase of 158.

DC beat KXIP : Iyer lauds Stoinis’ game-changing effort

Meanwhile, Shreyas Iyer heaped rich praise on Kagiso Rabada and Marcus Stoinis after the duo came up with game-changing efforts in the Dubai thriller.

While Rabada restricted Kings XI to the lowest-ever IPL Super Over total — 2, Marcus Stoinis hit the 4th fastest fifty for Delhi Capitals, slamming 53 from just 21 balls as he rescued the Capitals from 96 for 6 to 157 for 8 in 20 overs. Stoinis bowled the last over of the tied contest as well and defended 1 run in 3 balls, picking up 2 wickets in the last 2 deliveries.

“It was difficult to see the game turning in different directions. We are used to this. Even last season we faced these. KG (Rabada) is the winning performer, and the way Stoinis batted was game-changing,” Iyer said.

KL Rahul, who ended up on the losing side in his first-ever match as captain of the KXIP, lauded opener Mayank Agarwal for his valiant 89 from 60 balls.

“He (Mayank) was unbelievable and to get a game that close was magical. He’s been doing well in Tests and to get the game that close again brings a lot of confidence in the group,” Rahul said.