We just haven’t finished well: Lehmann

Deccan Chargers coach says he’s happy with his team despite their three loses

By IPL Staff
Delhi 18 April 2012
Although they have lost all the three games that they have played so far, the Deccan Chargers can derive consolation from the fact that two of those games were cliffhangers. Coach Darren Lehmann stressed on this fact while speaking to the media yesterday and today. He believes that it will help motivate his team to go the distance in the next match against the Delhi Daredevils.

While speaking to the media at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Lehmann lauded the team’s commitment and work ethic. He also hopes that the fielding lapses against the Rajasthan Royals were merely due to an off day at office, and that it wouldn’t happen again.

Excerpts from Lehmann’s pre-match press conference:

On DC’s bowling being a concern

Yes, at this point we were close in two games. We should have won the one against Mumbai [Indians] in Vizag when they needed about 25 runs in the last couple of overs and then again last night [against the Rajasthan Royals] we were close there [to winning]. The [bowling in the] last two three overs cost us two wins. But the boys are training hard [...] probably [not being able to] execute [the plan in] the last few deliveries probably cost us [the matches].

On their bowling against RR

Someone is going to be the winner and someone is going to be the loser. [...] it is hard as a bowler, we know that and it’s hard for batsmen as well. It is just the nature of Twenty20 cricket. What we have seen is close games and a pretty entertaining IPL so far.

On the break before their game against RR

We had a break between our second and third game and we have worked hard in between, so that [the loss against RR] was disappointing. We didn’t field well enough and we know that as a team. The guys worked hard last week and it was just one of those things, hopefully. Hopefully, it doesn’t happen again.

On the team’s schedule

We are fine with the schedule. [...] the players are professional enough to get ready for each and every game. We have to rotate probably a bit more than the other sides, because we have 10 games in about 22-23 days. But it gives enough opportunities to do well, so we are not too worried about the schedule. It is part and parcel of the IPL.

On Delhi Daredevils’ strong batting line-up that includes players like Virender Shwag, Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene
They are good players. They are world-class players. Twenty20 is one of those [formats] where anything can happen on any given day as we saw [in the Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians match]. Mumbai [Indians] was bowled out for not many [runs] the other day. We should take our chances early and bowl well. [...] we will [have to] bowl a lot better than we have in the last couple of games.

On motivating the players after losing all the three games they have played so far

We should have been two wins and one loss really, and that’s the way we look at it. We just didn’t close those two games. Even though we haven’t registered a win, I am happy the way we are playing [...] so that’s a good thing. We have probably [one of the] younger squads in the IPL, which is good as well. I have been pretty impressed with the way they have worked and all you can ask for is good work ethic and we are doing that, and hopefully, the results turnaround for us soon.

On Kevin Pietersen’s transfer to DD

Losing KP was a decision that franchises make between each other. We would love to have him. We haven’t got him, so you can’t worry about it, can you? You can’t do anything about that. [...].
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