Hope losses are out of the way: van der Merwe

DD all-rounder says his team can learn more from league losses

Chennai 13 May 2012
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, 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.
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