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Despite their crushing loss against the Chennai Super Kings, the Delhi Daredevils remain at the top of the points table. However, with the race for the top four getting intense, they need to stamp their authority in their remaining three league matches – two of which are home games.
After the match, iplt20.com chatted with DD all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe, who chose to look at the defeat in a positive way. He said that it was good to get the losses out of the way in the league stage itself. Is it better the team lost now rather than in the playoffs?
It’s never good to lose. We don’t walk in the field to lose. But I think it’s better to lose now than in the playoffs. When you lose, you learn more. Hopefully, it’s our last loss in the tournament and we can get some momentum going into the playoffs.
Is the top-heavy batting order hurting the team?
The top order batsmen are supposed to win you the games. Not every day you are going to get spells like the one [Ben] Hilfenahus bowled tonight. Tonight was the bowlers’ game, so unlucky to our batters.
Is there too much dependence on the Sehwag-Warner opening pair?
They are in top form at the moment. We do rely on them, but batsmen can’t always score runs, and unlucky for us, none of them scored runs tonight. That’s a part of the game, and hopefully, they can score runs and get us back on track.
Would you have bowled first on the track?
I think they played against our strength as we are too good with our batting. Hilfenahus swung the bowl up front with a good pace and bowled a very good spell tonight and that’s why I think we lost.
You’ve played only three games in this season? How do you feel about your own form?
I am a very confident player and I have just played three games. I play when the team needs me, so I will keep myself in form in the next [one]. If they need me again, hopefully, I can win the game for them.
You have two back-to-back home games now. Will that help the team get back the momentum?
We have lost one game and we have not lost two in a row in this IPL, so I believe we have a bounce back ability. We have two big games and they both are fighting for a playoff spot. Hopefully, we can do well again at home.
Is the team missing a specialist spinner?
We have got a lot of pace bowlers and that is how we prepare at home. You are always short of a world-class spinner and any team will take one.
The Chennai Super Kings entered IPL 2012 with high expectations from all quarters. The defending champions, however, lost their status of invincibility and for the first time experienced what it is like to fight for a place in the top four. With two consecutive victories, CSK’s campaign is now back on track. After winning a thriller against the Rajasthan Royals, they returned home and thrashed the table-toppers Delhi Daredevilsby nine wickets – their most comprehensive win in the tournament so far.
After the match, iplt20.com caught up with a man whose fate has been similar to his team’s. Ravindra Jadeja made headlines when he was snapped up for a whopping USD 2 million in the 2012 IPL Players Auction. His performance, however, has not been up to par. Jadeja hopes to take a cue from his team and peak at the right time to help his team defend the IPL title. This is CSK’s biggest win in the tournament so far.
The team is very confident as we won this game pretty easily and players are coming into form. We have to win all the games to keep ourselves in and it’s good for the team that players are getting into their form and performing well.
Is this the toughest season for CSK?
There were a few games in the middle, which we should’ve won, like the ones against MI and KXIP. We would have been through to the playoffs if we would have won them. A ball or two can change the entire picture of the game in this format. Hopefully, we perform well in the coming two matches, and if we do, we are through to the playoffs. Your individual performance has not been up to the mark.
I have not got an opportunity to bat in all the games and play freely. Also in this format, it is very difficult to go and start banging from ball one. If the team is doing well, there cannot be anything better. And in the matches where I have played 10-12 overs, I have performed well. We will look to win our remaining games and get a spot in the playoffs.
With so much money being paid to you, is there pressure on you when you go out on the field?
There is no such pressure, but at the same time, the team has invested so much in you, so you have to give them results. I think I have not got enough chances to bat, and with the bowl, I have performed pretty decently. I think I have not done too badly for the team.