IPL 2023: Delhi Capitals vice-captain Axar Patel excited to be back at Kotla

IPL 2023: Axar Patel, who was named the vice-captain of Delhi Capitals ahead of the new season, said that he was excited to be back at Kotla after four years.

By India Today Sports Desk: Newly appointed Delhi Capitals vice-captain Axar Patel is excited to be part of the leadership group at DC along with David Warner ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. Axar said that vice-captaincy is like getting a reward for all he has done for the IPL side.

Last season, DC finished fifth and missed out on a playoff spot. They will hope to improve their performance under the leadership duo of Warner & Axar as they pursue their first IPL title.

“In my opinion, if you have gotten this role that means you are growing as a senior player. It’s like getting a reward for all that you’ve done for the team. I’m excited about this role. Our team is mostly the sameâ€æwe have the same players from the last 3-4 years. We know our players well and that will be an important point,” Axar said in a video posted on Delhi Capitals’ official Twitter handle.

Notably, David Warner has been appointed as DC’s captain for the 16th season of IPL. Warner will replace Rishabh Pant, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation following a car accident in December. Allrounder Axar will be Warner’s deputy for the season.

“David is a talented player. I will provide him with an atmosphere where he can use his abilities. It’s a different feeling altogether when you join DC Camp. It’s been 3-4 years with the franchise now and it feels like home,” Axar opened up on Warner’s leadership role.

Delhi Capitals will play at their home ground (Feroz Shah Kotla) for the first time since Covid-19, and Axar Patel believes it will be critical for the team to have the support of their fans.

“We are playing here at Kotla after so long. I feel it will be really important. We will have our fans here and I’m sure they’d be excited to cheer for us.”

DC begin their IPL 2023 season on April 1 against the Lucknow Super Giants, and their final league match is scheduled for May 20 against the Chennai Super Kings.

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