SpeakingonthebackofanetssessionattheICCAcademy,Deshpandesaid:”ItismyfirsteverIPLsoitisalwaysspecial.Butforme,whatmakesitextraspecialisthefactthatIamgettingtodothethingIlovethemost,whichisbowling.Iamfinallybowlingafteralmostsixmonthssoitisadifferentchallenge.”

“AllthebowlersherearemyseniorswithpriorIPLexperience.ItisafantasticopportunityformebecausebythetimeIgettomakemydebut,Iwouldhavegotsomefeedbackfromthem,andhopefullythatwouldhelpmestayaheadandplanmystrategyaccordinglyduringthematches,”addedthe25-year-oldwhohailsfromMumbai.

Meanwhile,23-year-oldYadav,whohasplayedwithsomeofDelhiCapitals’playersbefore,isalsoexcitedtomakeitbigintheupcomingIPLeditionslatedtobeplayedintheUnitedArabEmirates(UAE)fromSeptember19.

“Iknowsomeoftheplayersfromdomesticcricketalready-likeIshantbhaiya,ShikharbhaiyaandRishabhPant-andnowIamgettingtoknowtheotherstoo.Forayoungsterlikeme,theIPLisaverybigopportunityandIamhopingtomakethemostofitthroughmyperformances,”saidYadavwhoplaysforDelhiindomesticcricket.

YadavconsidersDelhiCapitalsastheteamwhichprovidesaperfectplatformtotheyouth.Hesaid,”DelhiCapitalsistheteamknowntogiveagoodplatformtotheyouth.Wehavesomanyexamplesalreadyinourteam.OurcaptainShreyasIyer,PrithviShawandevenRishabh(Pant)wereallidentifiedbyDelhi.So,itisdefinitelytheperfectopportunityforme,andIaspiretoperformandgoontorepresentIndialiketheyhavedone.”

HeadcoachRickyPontingandhisplayershavecreditedapositiveteamatmospherefortheirgoodperformanceslastseason,andbothDeshpandeandYadavechothesentiment.WhileDeshpandesaidthat”havingpeoplelikeIshantandRabadahelpfirsttimers”likehim,Yadavconsidered”everyoneverywelcoming”andsaid”theoverallteamvibeisgreat”.