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IPL desk in Mumbai 15 March 2012 - 06:01pm IST

I am relying on my batsmen: Sehwag

DD skipper confident his team will do much better in IPL 2012

Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag, who is recovering from a back injury, is eager to set the record straight in IPL 2012. While his team finished last in 2011, the dashing right-hander is confident that an improved squad, along with newfound enthusiasm among the players will ensure that the Daredevils come out on top in IPL 2012.

Excerpts from an interview with delhidaredevils.com

On getting the team he wanted

I clearly told the DD team that I want these players and I got them; especially Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and Andre Russell. So hopefully, we’ll deliver and live up to people’s expectations. Yes, they were disappointed last season, but this season people are excited about the DD team.

On being the captain of the Delhi Daredevils


Whoever is leading the side doesn’t matter. [Doesn’t matter] if it’s Sehwag, [Kevin] Pietersen or Mahela Jayawardene. They understand that I got the job from Delhi Daredevils, and they have to listen to me and have to cooperate with me. I know all these star batsmen very well, and I have a very good relationship with them. So they can help me and guide me so that I can discuss a lot of things about cricket.

On the Daredevils’ bowling attack

It’s good that we have a lot of Indian bowlers so I can give the overseas batsmen [a chance] to play in the eleven. I am confident that Umesh Yadav and the others can do the job for me as a bowing unit. Basically, T20 is a batsman’s game and if your bowlers do their job, we can restrict the opposition to under 150, 160 or even 180. With the kind of batting we have, we don’t have any problems chasing those totals.

On the spinners in the team

We tried everything, but we didn’t have the kind of money to buy world-class spinners. So we spent all the money on top-class batsmen. We needed some batsmen [more] than one good quality spinner. Yes, we can rely on our fast bowling department, which I think is very good. Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron did a good job last year, whenever they played. So, I am relying on my fast bowling attack rather than on my spinners. You can’t ask for everything in your team, so you have to make do with what you have.

On the chances of him bowling in IPL 2012

Last year I was playing with my shoulder injury and this year my shoulder is absolutely fine. I’ve bowled many overs in Tests, ODIs and T20s, so hopefully I’ll bowl for the Delhi Daredevils as well.

On the young Indian players in the team

One thing I tell them is that there is opportunity for them. Whenever they get a chance, they have to perform not for the Daredevils but for themselves. If they deliver for themselves, then the whole world will know about their performance.

On the IPL experience


You can share a lot of moments with players from outside India and get to know their culture. You get to know how they prepare themselves before games, what they do when they are free. I think it’s good that the IPL is happening in India and that our youngsters, who are playing in domestic cricket, are also playing in the IPL. They get an opportunity to play along with big international stars and the stars also share their experiences with the youngsters.

On his fitness levels


I got some inflammation in my sacroiliac joint [lower back] which I found out in Australia. So that’s why I got this break from the Asia Cup, and I am recovering at the moment. Hopefully I’ll be fine very soon.

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