Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has warned Mumbai Indians against complacency when they take on Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 of IPL 2020 on Thursday in Dubai. Bangar said when it comes to the play-offs reputations and past records don't matter and it's all about who comes up with a better show on the big day.
Mumbai Indians, who are favourites to defend their IPL title in 2020, qualified for the play-offs without breaking a sweat as they finished at the top spot with 18 points. On the other hand, Delhi Capitals, who were looking like a well-oiled unit, suffered a big slump towards the end of the league stages, losing 4 on the trot. They had to face a nearly do-or-die situation in their final league game against Royal Challengers Bangalore but they won it comfortably to not just snap a losing streak but finish 2nd on the points table.
Rohit Sharma's men have beaten Delhi Capitals twice in the league stage but Sanjay Bangar believes Shreyas Iyer's men have come back from a difficult situation and will be keen on proving a point in the play-offs.
"Delhi Capitals, I agree might not have the experience of playing a lot of Playoff matches, but what they have undergone this season is very critical. Success early on, failures were in the latter half of the tournament, and then a very good match to qualify for and play in the second spot," Sanjay Bangar told Star Sports.
"Let me tell you one thing, when it goes to the Playoffs, no matter what has happened in the past, it's on the day which team plays better cricket."
Delhi Capitals have been heavily reliant on Shikhar Dhawan in the recent past with their middle-order struggling to find form. However, Bangar believes Delhi have a good mix of experience and youth to rise up to the challenge on the big day.
"I believe that the kind of combination they have of good, young, experienced Indian batsmen, a battery of overseas fast bowlers and Indian spinners, that is a good mix of experience, pace, youth and then, if there's one team that can challenge Mumbai Indians, it's Delhi Capitals. So, beware Mumbai Indians, it's not going to be easy," Bangar said.