Hope to bounce back in CLT20: Taylor

DD batsman also admits his team was outplayed by KKR, CSK in playoffs

Chennai 26 May 2012
After dominating the tournament right through the league phase, the Delhi Daredevils failed 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 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.
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