Mitchell Marsh didn’t shy away from accepting that Delhi Capitals have struggled in the batting department in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2023. Delhi, who have lost all their five games so far, have the worst batting average (17.1), balls/wicket (13.3) and scoring rate (7.7) this season.
"There's no doubt that we would like to be batting better. In our all five matches, we haven't been able to get off to a reasonable start or we have lost wickets in clumps," Marsh said ahead of Delhi’s next game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday (April 20).
"We have to string partnerships and we need one player to get a big score, that we have not been able to do. If we can do that, then we can turn it around."
Delhi are the only franchise who are yet to win a game this season, while every other team has won at least two games.
"It's always difficult when things are not going right for the team. However, the spirits are high in the camp. We are a family at the Delhi Capitals and we care deeply about each other,” said Marsh.
"We are all working extremely hard and hopefully, we can get a win in our next game," Marsh put up a brave front.”
Marsh himself has been in terrible form, managing only four runs in three innings at an average of 1.33. In fact, David Warner (228 runs) and Axar Patel (129) are the only two batters who have scored more than 100 runs in this edition.
"I've not been able to execute my plans. But I know that my process works and therefore it's about sticking to your process and having good intent."
It’s not only the senior batters, the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz Khan, Abhishek Porel and Yash Dhull have all struggled to get going.
"I think it's really important for the young players to not play the bowlers but the ball. When someone is bowling at 140 or 150, ultimately, you will have to watch it and react accordingly.
"Facing the fast bowlers of the world is a valuable experience for all youngsters. Guys like Yash Dhull has a great future, he is a great young kid, he loves learning and that's the kind of culture we have here in Delhi, everyone wants to learn and be better but unfortunately the results don't show at the moment."