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Playing his first match in a few months after an injury lay-off, fast bowler Varun Aaron castled Gautam Gambhir, his first scalp of IPL 2012. Although the Kolkata Knight Riders toppled the table-toppers from their position tonight, the Delhi Daredevils are keen to reclaim their position at the top of league standings. Speaking to iplt20.com after the loss, Varun Aaron spoke about getting back on the field and about his team. Excerpts from his brief interview:
After opting bat first, do you think 153 was a par score?
I don’t think it was bad total. If we would have saved a few extras, it would have been a closer [contest]. I think the last over I bowled was a little crucial with two extras, but it is part of the game. We have been doing well; we will come back harder in the next game.
What are your thoughts on the wicket?
I felt it was a very good wicket. It helped both the batsman and the bowlers, and the ball came on to the bat well. It is just that it was one of those off days.
How did it feel to get rid of Gautam Gambhir in your comeback match?
It was good. How do you feel about your comeback?
After a long time… after a long wait. I would like to thank the Delhi Daredevils support staff and the team and NCA to get me back on the road. I am happy to be back.
What do you think went wrong today? Did the early loss of wickets cost you?
I don’t think much went wrong today. It was small factors; extras here and there could have made a big difference. What do you think about your team’s local talent?
We have got good local talent even in our batting. Those guys get less balls to bat [and] you never see them. But we have got good batters. It’s nice to bowl with Umesh [Yadav] here in Delhi Daredevils and for India.
What do you think of Morne Morkel?
It is a big plus to have him in the team. We all know that Morne is a world-class bowler, and its good to bowl along with three quality fast-bowlers [Yadav, Morkel and Irfan Pathan].
What is it like to bowl alongside Morkel and Pathan?
I just watch and learn; pick-up whatever I can. And more so, TA Sekar and Eric Simons help a lot in nets. So yes, I take a lot from them. I have been working with Sekar since I was 15-years-old, so it has been a long journey with him. Eric, I have been with for two years now, and he is one of the good bowling coaches in the world – both of them. What about Shabaz Nadeem, the find of the season for DD?
Definitely. Nadeem has always been a good bowler. He has played well for Jharkhand throughout the years and it’s just that he is getting the exposure now and he is doing well. I am happy for him.
Is it a relief to not have to bowl to batsmen like Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, David Warner and Kevin Pietersen?
Definitely yes. It’s good to have them on our team, and I hope it stays that way for the next three-four years.
4 Number of bowlers to bowl two maidens in IPL 2012. Dale Steyn joined Irfan Pathan, Praveen Kumar and Munaf Patel in achieving this feat. He had bowled a maiden over against Mumbai Indians on April 9.
101 Number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle in IPL. He became the first batsman to reach the 100 sixes mark.
203 Number of balls after which Dale Steyn conceded a six off his bowling in IPL 2012.
276.47 AB de Villiers’ strike-rate (47* runs off 17 balls) – the best strike-rate for any batsman in IPL 2012 in an innings of 10 balls or more.
381.81 Strike-rate during the de Villiers-Mohammad partnership (42* runs off 11 balls). AB de Villiers made 38* off 10 and J Syed Mohammad made 4* off one ball.