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After dominating the tournament right through the league phase, the Delhi Daredevilsfailed to pull their weight when it mattered the most. After a crushing loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders, Virender Sehwag’s men were battered by the Chennai Super Kings by 86 runs in Qualifier 2. While the team was guilty of peaking too early, one of their star international players found his form rather late in the tournament. Ross Taylor had a disappointing season by his own high standards and when runs did start flowing from his bat, there were not many opportunities left for him to make the most of his form.
After the shattering loss to CSK, Taylor spared a few minutes for iplt20.com. He admitted the Daredevils were outplayed in both their playoff games and vowed to come back stronger in the CLT20 2012.
Things just not going right for the team when it mattered most.
It is disappointing the way we finished. We started really well and we were confident before getting into the knockout [playoff] phase. But full credit to KKR and CSK, they deserved to be where they are and hopefully, we will be bigger and better for next year.
Do you think CSK’s big-match experience mattered in today’s game?
There are always crucial moments in the games. Murali Vijay batted really well and he exposed our young bowling attack. Young bowlers will learn from this and if we are in a similar situation, we will do better than what we did today.
How much did the team miss Morne Morkel?
We chose the side that we thought was good enough to win. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out well.
Did the wicket become slower in the second innings?
Every wicket always gets a little slower when you bat second, but I don’t think it slowed up too much. If we would have restricted them to the total we had thought of, it would have been a genius decision. But we made that decision and we didn’t play well enough to win this game. You were in indifferent form for the most part of the tournament, but regained your touch in the end. How would you assess your performances?
It’s disappointing the way I performed today. I started to hit the ball well towards the end of the tournament and it would have been nice to get some big scores. But in T20, sometimes it is a bit of a hit and miss. I was disappointed in the start of the tournament, but hopefully, I can show what I am about in the CLT20.
A spot in the 2012 CLT20 must be a good motivator for the team after this loss?
That’s a nice thing about the IPL – even if you don’t win it, if you’ve done well right through the tournament, you still get a chance to play in the CLT20. We have something where we can redeem ourselves, and hopefully, we go one step further and make it to the finals and maybe win it.
When the Delhi Daredevils took the field for Qualifier 2, against the Chennai Super Kings, the question on everyone’s mind was ‘Where is Morne Morkel?’ The current Purple Cap holder was conspicuous by his absence right through the first innings, when the CSK batsmen hammered DD’s inexperienced bowling attack mercilessly to pile up 222 runs. While there were rumours of Morkel being unwell, some said he was dropped from the playing XI.
In a post-match interview with iplt20.com, we got the answer from the source itself. Morkel clarified the reason for him not playing the most crucial match of the tournament and he also spoke about the wonderful IPL season he’s had with the ball. The South African fast bowler said it was time for DD to move on and focus their energies on the 2012 CLT20. Why didn’t you play this game?
It was just to balance the side. Irfan picked up an injury and he was out for today’s play, so we needed somebody explosive with the bat at the back end so we went with Andre Russell. Don’t you reckon your absence led to the bowling attack being very inexperienced?
Taking the pace off the ball was the key here, so they went with spinners. Umesh [Yadav] and Varun [Aaron] bowled well. But unfortunately, we didn’t win. You also lost out on a chance to strengthen your hold on that Purple Cap?
It was unfortunate for me. I prepared well and I was looking forward to this game, but unfortunately, things didn’t go our way and I missed out. Life goes this way, and hopefully, we can prove things around next year.
This was your best IPL so far. Did you make any technical changes in your bowling this time?
I really worked hard on my game in the past couple of months and I have come a long way. I think some conditions were better this year than last year, and I was trying to bowl as fast as I can. The planning and the work I put in before games really paid off for me. The work that the team has put in to get here was unbelievable, but unfortunately, we couldn’t get through this hurdle. Did the pace-friendly wickets in Delhi help you to a certain extent?
The wicket this year was good for batting and bowling. We have set targets for 200 there and guys have gotten close. The ground staff at the Feroz Shah Kotla was spot on, and it’s just good things to come forward for the seasons. Will you be cheering for CSK in the finals because of your brother Albie?
Yes. One reason for supporting CSK will be Albie. Also, we lost to KKR in Pune, so I am supporting CSK all the way, and I am hoping they lift the trophy. The team might be out of this IPL but it’s after a long time that the Daredevils will play in the CLT20. That must be exciting?
Like I said, there are things to look forward to and that is to come back and play in the CLT20. Guys will be working hard for that and try to compete well.