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1 The victory margin for the Delhi Daredevils. It was the third occasion of a side registering a win by one run in the IPL. The other two such instances were both recorded by Kings XI Punjab. They beat the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2008 and Deccan Chargers in IPL 2009 by this slim margin.
2 For only the second time in IPL history, a chasing side lost a match outright with seven wickets still in hand! Kings XI Punjab (174/3) lost to the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2009.
3 Number of batsmen to hit 200 fours in the IPL. Virender Sehwag (207) joined Sachin Tendulkar (226) and Gautam Gambhir (213).
4 Number of consecutive fifties scored by Virender Sehwag – the first batsman to do this in the IPL.
9 Number of innings taken by Ajinkya Rahane to complete his 400 runs in IPL 2012. He equalled Jacques Kallis’ record of reaching the 400-run mark in the least innings in an IPL season. Kallis had reached the 400-run mark in IPL 2012 while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore. 14 Number of 50-plus scores for Virender Sehwag in the IPL – the most by any batsman. He equalled the tallies of Jacques Kallis and Shaun Marsh. 101 Number of sixes hit by Virender Sehwag in Twenty20 matches.
416 Runs scored by Ajinkya Rahane in IPL 2012 – the most by any batsman. He surpassed Virender Sehwag’s tally of 372, who had himself overtaken Chris Gayle (336) earlier in the same game.
While Delhi Daredevils’ Siddharth Kaul picked two key wickets on his 23rd Birthday, it was not enough to avoid an away loss against the Pune Warriors India. However, the youngster, who made his tournament debut this season, took a lot of positives from IPL 2013.
Getting to share the dressing room with top-class pacers and seniors are some of the things that the young Punjab pacer cherishes. The second-highest wicket-taker from last year’s Ranji Trophy also shared how he has learnt to cope with the challenges of playing at the top level thanks to his experiences with DD.
Excerpts from his exclusive chat with IPLT20.com:
On playing well on his birthday
It is always great to have a day like this when you are taking wickets and helping your team’s cause. Unfortunately, we did not win. But it is always a boost when you perform well in a tournament. You can always carry it forward to the next tournament and the next season. However, right now, I am not thinking about next year; whatever comes my way, I will give it my 100 percent.
On what he has learnt during his time with DD
It is always a learning process, no matter what level you play in – be it junior or senior. Playing in the IPL under cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene, Viru Bhai and others is great. It always helps to learn about my weaknesses and my strengths from them.
On being on the same side as some top-level pace bowlers
It always feels great when you play with great pacers like Irfan Bhai, Umesh Bhai, Ashish Bhai, Ajit Bhai and Morne Morkel. They all have so much more experience than me, so I am always learning from them.
Whether he has picked up any new deliveries from these veterans
No, I have not picked up any new deliveries as such. I am bowling to my strength, as I feel it would be better to play to my strengths and work on that.
On what he has learnt this season
I have learnt how to cope in the final overs and how to bowl in the first spell as well. I now know how to prepare for a match; how to keep my composure and not get bogged down if I get hit for a few runs. I have basically learnt how to focus on the positives this season.