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Prajakta Pawar in New Delhi 16 May 2012 - 01:22am IST

We are safe, not complacent: Ojha

DD wicketkeeper-batsman says his team won’t take RCB lightly in their next league game

With four wickets down and 100 runs to get, Naman Ojha helped the Delhi Daredevils wrest the initiative back with a crucial 58-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Mahela Jayawardene. The wicketkeeper-batsman played a mature innings to keep the home team in the hunt with a 29-ball 34 (3x4; 2x6).

In a brief chat with iplt20.com, Naman Ojha spoke about the team effort that helped his side beat Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium.

Excerpts from his chat:


On his team winning and their position in the points table


We are now safe but we are not complacent. The next game is also important for us. Day after tomorrow, we play against RCB, which is a very good team. We will try to play well against that team [as well].

On the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket


Wicket was pretty nice and the ball was coming on nicely to the bat. Our bowlers did a very good job to restrict them to 136 runs.

On whether the loss of four early wickets put DD under pressure in their run-chase

With three or four wickets down, and you coming in to bat, there is definitely a little pressure. But I thought that I will play my game and I will back myself [to do well] and I have done that.

On striking good form and being amongst runs


I am definitely feeling better [about my batting].

On the atmosphere in the dugout when the match was still poised evenly around the 17th over

Mahely [Mahela Jayawardene] was still out there, so we thought he is a senior player and very experienced pro and we knew that he is going to bring us home. So we were sure about that.

On Mahela Jayawardene’s innings


He played wonderfully; he is a very experienced player.

On the useful contributions by him and Irfan Pathan

It is a small contribution, but we are very happy that we have contributed to the team’s victory.

On their next game against RCB


Now, we will first enjoy this win and tomorrow and day-after we will sit and discuss [about the next match].

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