Newly-appointed Delhi captain Ishant Sharma on Thursday said that he wants his team to shoulder responsibility as he feels the core of the current team is ‘fairly experienced’ having played together for nearly four seasons.
“The dressing room atmosphere is good. We have had good preparation. This is a good team with a lot of young players. But they have been around for three-four years now and they have the experience. Now is the time to take responsibility. The first target is to reach the knock-out stage,” Ishant said.
“We have a talented wicketkeeper in Anuj Rawat. He has done well at the U-19 level. Rishabh Pant is not available. Otherwise everyone is fit and in good shape. I am also fully fit,” Ishant said.
“Success and failure are part and parcel of the game. It is the players, who fail and it is they only who succeed. It depends on how you can back them. They have my support. I am confident they would do well,” said Ishant.
Ishant also said it won’t make much of a difference that Ranji Trophy is back to the home-and-away format from its tried and tested neutral venues.
“If someone is a good cricketer, the pitch doesn’t matter. Both teams play on the same wicket. I believe, we will get good batting wickets and the batsmen need to apply themselves,” Ishant said.