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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. [...].
Kolkata Knight Riders coach says his team’s batting has let them down
By IPL Staff
Mohali 17 April 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders are still reeling from their capitulation against Kings XI Punjaba few nights ago at the Eden Gardens. In that game KKR failed to chase down a target of 135 despite having eight wickets in hand after 10 overs. Coach Trevor Bayliss, therefore, admitted to being concerned with the form of his batting unit ahead of KKR’s second clash with KXIP in IPL 2012 on April 18 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium. Excerpts from Bayliss’ media interaction:
On KKR not being able to afford a loss in their next few outings:
We would have liked to have won our last game. It was a close game. This year’s going to be a lot closer competition than last year. There are a few teams that have strengthened up from last year. It will be interesting to see where it finishes up at the end of the 16 rounds. On whether he is happy with any team being able to beat any other team:
I’m all for the paying public to watch some close games, not knowing which team is going to win until the last ball. It’s fantastic for the game.
On whether he is concerned by the form of his batsmen:
I’d have to say yes. We’ve got some quality players. We’ve won two out of [last] three matches and we’ve not batted anywhere near our best. The Bangalore match was our best with the bat. If we can bat more like with the bat, we are going to be difficult to beat.
On whether he is happy with the bowling:
Yes, our bowling has done well for us in the five matches. It has been the batting that has let us down. [I am] very happy with all the bowlers – [Lakshmipathy] Balaji, [Sunil] Narine, [Brett] Lee, [Jacques] Kallis has done the job as well. Shakib [Al Hasan] had a good game two games ago. [Rajat] Bhatia keeps it nice and tight. [I am] very happy with the bowling. On why KKR have lost close matches:
That’s the game of T20. You have to take it on the chin. Some you are going to lose, some you are not. It’s always a little harder to win the close ones when you are not quite on the top of your game. We’re working towards achieving a consistency of good play, which I’m sure every team is striving to do. It’s a case of when you do reach that point, you try and keep it. On whether there will be any change in the side:
I haven’t seen the wicket out here. But watching the last game here on television, it’s a different wicket from what we get in Kolkata. We haven’t selected the team yet. We’ll sit tonight or probably early tomorrow morning and discuss that. But there is the possibility of some changes. I’m not saying where that might be, but we’ve got to sit down and discuss that. On what he is doing as a coach to get the team going:
It’s a case of speaking to them and letting them know that they are good players, that they have our support. If they are doing the right things off the field, it’s just a matter of time, matter of concentration that they will come good. These guys are experienced; they know well enough that it could turn around very quickly.
On whether Yusuf Pathan will be dropped or persisted with:
He’s a match-winner. He can turn a match in a blink of an eye. We are showing confidence in him. He’s got the full support of everyone in the team. Everyone knows what a devastating player he can be. It’s only a matter of time before he wins us that game.