Khaleel Ahmed in press conference© BCCI/Sportzpics

The Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 match on Sunday to register their first win of the season. Designated a DC’s home ground, the match took place in Vizag on a pitch that CSK batters didn’t seem the most comfortable on. Though it was the Delhi franchise that emerged triumphant, continuing a near-perfect trend of winning home matches that this IPL has seen, barring the exception of Royal Challengers Bengaluru, pacer Khaleel Ahmed admitted that it wasn’t exactly the ‘home atmosphere’ for the team.

After being named the player of the match, Khaleel spoke to the media in the post-match press conference. The left-arm pacer boldly suggested that no matter where CSK travel, they end up playing all their games at ‘home’.

“First of all, let me tell you. Chennai Super Kings always play their IPL matches in home grounds (laughs). We also respect that. We enjoy it as well and it is fun as he (Dhoni) is our captain as well,” said Khaleel, highlighting the extravagant support CSK enjoy all across the country.

“But there were a few Delhi fans as well, who came to support as during the match and they would have been happy with the result. Everyone in the squad has a smile on their face, the mood in the camp is also good after the win,” he further said.

It was Delhi’s first victory of the season, having lost their first two. Khaleel is confident of the team carrying this momentum forward an getting on a winning run to make the most of the campaign.

“When you win, you get the momentum. The victory reveals our best bits and also the areas we need to improve. So the atmosphere now created has given the answers to those questions,” said the pacer.

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