Delhi Capitals new recruit Vicky Ostwal praises India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja

Delhi Capitals new recruit Vicky Ostwal praises India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja Former team India U19 captain Yash Dhull, who led the squad to the World Cup title recently, was acquired by the Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakh in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 mega auction, along with teammate Vicky Ostwal, who was bought later at his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Ostwal finished his U19 career as India's most successful bowler with 12 wickets in six games. Competing in the IPL now, the left-arm spinner has said that India multitalented all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is his idol.

"I have always idolised Ravindra Jadeja, he is my role model," said Ostwal in a video shared on the official IPL website. "The kind of player he is, he contributes in bowling, in batting, and the most important department is fielding. He is the guy that every team wants him in." Speaking on being picked by the Capitals, Ostwal said he was worried before the purchase took place in Bengaluru on Sunday. He said playing in the IPL was his childhood dream.

"I have been watching the IPL ever since I was a kid," Ostwal further said. "There was always a dream of playing in the IPL, as it is the biggest platform you can get. I am really that I got picked by Delhi Capitals for this year's IPL. I was in my room, watching the auction and my name came very late. Ostwal said it did not matter whether he would be fielded as there will always be something to learn in Delhi.

"Not sure that I might get a chance or not get a chance to play, but learning will always be there," he added. "Sharing the stage with some of the great players will be huge learning for me. The moment I got picked at the auction, I got a video call from him (Yash Dhull) and he showed how happy he is about me being picked by DC."

Capitals 'pleased' with their purchase

Delhi Capitals coach Amre said on Sunday his side was "quite pleased with our buys. We have a good bank of Indian fast bowlers". He also explained that his team's strategy for the current rendition of the IPL "is to back Indian bowlers".

"Because with \[Anrich\] Nortje in our squad, we can use various other combinations," Amre said. "We will get these options of combinations with a left-arm seamer like Chetan Sakariya and Khaleel Ahmed." Delhi Capitals acquired Ahmed for R5.25 crore in the auction. They also bought Sakariya for Rs 4.20 crore. Additionally, India batsman Mandeep Singh was bought for Rs 1.10 crore. Ahmed had previously played for the side in the 2016 2017 seasons. Also joining the team after the action was Shardul Thakur, who became the most expensive player bought by the team at Rs 10.75 crore.

"Sakariya is a very exciting talent. He had a tremendous IPL season the last time, and we were expecting Sakariya's price to be higher," added the DC assistant coach. "And, Khaleel is a player who was with us in the past, so we know him. He has also been performing well in T20 cricket for the past three years.

So with the Indian pacers, we can use various combinations." The Delhi Capitals squad after the auction comprises the followings:

David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant, Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Ashwin Hebbar, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert, Praveen Dubey, Rovman Powell, and Lalit Yadav.


Akshay Malhotra

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