IPL: Have kept a close eye on Delhi’s campaign, says Cutting

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Ben Cutting Wednesday said his team has been keeping a close eye on the Delhi Capitals’ campaign in the IPL. Mumbai Indians had lost to the Delhi-based franchise by 37 runs in their opening match of the season.

The two teams, who face each other on Thursday, have 10 points each from eight games. “We have played just about every team except Kolkata so we know what the other team will bring. Delhi in particular, they were our first game, we’ve been keeping a close eye on how they’ve been playing home and away,” Cutting said on the eve of the match.

Mumbai Indians are coming off back-to-back home games and the three-time champions are on the road for their next four games.

“We’ve played well up until this point, we’ve had a lot of home games. Now it’s time to go on the road, four games straight. The wickets we will be playing in will come from home. We trained to adapt to conditions.”

Asked about the recent World Cup squad announcement by national teams, Cutting said: “Yes the World Cup is nearing but the IPL is as tough a competition. That’s what we are focusing on.”

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer suffered an injury scare on Wednesday when he was hit on the right arm during training. Iyer has led from the front and has been the team’s leading run-getter in the tournament with 266 runs at an average of 33.25.

There was no official update given on the extent of his injury. Also seen in the nets was Rishabh Pant, who was not picked in India’s World Cup squad announced on Monday.

Young opener Prithvi Shaw, who has not made an impact in his last five innings, was engrossed in a lengthy chat with team advisor Sourav Ganguly on the sidelines of the training session. Delhi Capitals are on course for their first play-off appearance since 2012, having won five out of their eight games. They are second on the points table with 10 points.