Rovman Powell hasn’t let Delhi Capitals fans feel the absence of Shimron Hetmyer in the Indian Premier League. The hard-hitting West Indies right-hander, who has bought for ₹2.8 crore by DC in the mega auction earlier this year, has been doing a stellar job at the middle-order, playing crucial knocks at a brisk pace for DC in IPL 2022. In Powell’s words Delhi ‘feels like home’ but his journey with the Rishabh Pant-led side did not start on the ideal note.
Sharing an anecdote about his hilarious start to his journey with the Delhi franchise, Powell said he had to spend about 2-3 days ‘in a towel’ after landing in Mumbai. “When I landed in Mumbai, I was told that the airline doesn’t have any of my bags. The only thing I had with me was my hand baggage when I left the airport. I didn’t have any extra clothes with me so I spent 2-3 days in a towel in my hotel room,” Powell said Delhi Capitals podcast.
The right-hander who has scored 205 runs for DC this year at a mighty impressive strike rate of 161, said the Delhi-based franchise has ‘accepted’ his style of batting.
“Coming all the way from the Caribbean, it was very important for me to come here and feel at home. And the Delhi Capitals have accepted me as a part of their family and I feel at home here. Being comfortable in an environment can help you put up your best performances. And I realized that everyone in the team is behind you whether you have a good day or not and that is very important,” Powell added.
Powell also spoke about the Delhi Capitals Captain: “Rishabh Pant is someone we look up to in the Caribbean because he’s a good player. Whenever we play against him (in international cricket), we have meetings about how to curtail his cricketing prowess and how to keep him quiet. And after I was acquired by Delhi Capitals, Rishabh told me that he is excited to have me as a part of the team and will give me a role that I would like. And he has stuck to his word.”
The hard-hitting batter also expressed that he is utilizing cricket as a means to take his family out of poverty, “I come from a small village (in Jamaica) where farming is the primary income earner for the majority of the families. But from my childhood days, I had a dream that I will take my family out of poverty through cricket and education. Cricket has been going well, thanks to the grace of God. Before I became a professional cricketer, I was going to become a soldier. If cricket didn’t work out then I would have been a soldier.”
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