NEW DELHI: The spin bowling coach of Delhi Capitals, Samuel Badree thinks that the spinners can play a big role on a slow pitch instead of fast bowlers. He said that the next team selection on Saturday against Kings XI Punjab will be so critical. On Thursday, Delhi lost to Mumbai by 40 runs at home with the visiting team spinner playing a key. He said, "I think the spinners will be very important, especially here at Kotla we have seen that the pitch is a little bit slow. There has been variable bounce and we saw that against Mumbai Indians as well. Their spinners were very crucial through the power-play and the middle overs."
"I felt they strangled us during the overs that their spinners bowled. In the first 13 overs of our innings, I think they bowled at least 10 overs of spin, so it was a lesson for us. In terms of overall team selection, we may have missed a trick there. But our bowlers had done a great job in the previous game in very tough conditions in Hyderabad so we were 100 percent backing them. He further added, "But certainly the team selection is something to consider going into tomorrow's match against Kings XI Punjab. We start afresh tomorrow as it is a new match. In this tournament, we play everybody twice so you don't want to think too much about the first match whether you win or lose that game. You do take the positives and look to plan for the upcoming match, and try to execute those plans on the field.”
The 38-year-old Trinidadian said "It is important that you adapt to the conditions quickly, and on the day, in the moment, you need to try to execute your skills better than the opposition. If we can do that, we can secure the two points comfortably tomorrow."