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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Mumbai 17 April 2012 - 01:56am IST

It was a team effort: Irfan

Delhi Daredevils all-rounder says his team has had a wonderful start

The Delhi Daredevils are touted to have the best batting line-up in IPL 2012. But their performance at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday proved that they are well-covered in the bowling department as well.

Opening the bowling attack for the Daredevils, Irfan Pathan set the tone for the rest of the DD bowlers. His ability to swing the cricket ball was never in doubt and the 27-year-old is now overflowing with confidence thanks to his successful comeback into the Indian team.

The all-rounder spoke to iplt20.com after his side’s domineering win against the Mumbai Indians.

Excerpts:

What do you have to say about this performance and this year’s start?


It’s a good collective team effort. It’s been a good year and we have been playing some wonderful cricket. We want to make sure that we keep getting better. We always reflect whether we win or lose. It’s been a wonderful start compared to last year. We have a very good team but at the same time Viru’s [Virender Sehwag] captaincy and the supporting staff have been helping us tremendously.

Did you guys feel that the game was over after bowling MI out for 92?

Getting all-out for fewer than 100 in a T20 game is not a big score; but at the end of the day you have to chase that. We always made sure that we keep our foot down and never got ahead of ourselves. We always want to stay in the moment. At least I try to stay in the moment. Now since we have won this game, we have the next game to look forward to. It’s a long tournament, and we need to make sure that we keep going with the momentum.

Heading into this game, did you expect to bowl MI out on their home turf?


Heading into this, we thought it’s going to be a great game in terms of the crowd and the runs scored. Mumbai’s wicket generally has bounce, but today it had a bit more in it and the way [Shahbaz] Nadeem started was outstanding, and the other bowlers backed up really well. I was really happy to see Ajit [Agarkar] bowl so well and Morne [Morkel] has been our best bowler, and I was pretty happy with my performance also. Umesh [Yadav] bowled a fiery spell as well. We didn’t expect to get them out for fewer than 100, but we have an attack, which can do so.

Do you think your return to the Indian squad has helped you to play better?


The confidence you get after playing for the country is pretty high. Playing for the country has helped me a lot. It has made me mentally tougher.

Have the addition of Ross Taylor, Mahela Jayewardene and Kevin Pietersen given DD a boost?

They have been wonderful players and are top-class players. Most importantly, they are very good team players. They support each other and give their best on the field. Having them in the team is a big-time boost.

Do you think the bowlers have had more of an impact on IPL 2012?

CSK chased 200 [plus] runs [against RCB], so I would say it’s been mixed so far. There have been some wonderful performances by the bowlers and some tremendous hitting by batsmen. If the pitch is flat, there is hardly anything a bowler can do and vice versa.

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