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Delhi Daredevils coach says Deccan Chargers can be a handful
By IPL staff
New Delhi 18 April 2012
The Delhi Daredevils are a force to reckon with in IPL 2012. Having won three of their four matches so far, the home team is sitting pretty in second position in the league table behind the Rajasthan Royals, who have played six games.
Addressing the media ahead of the match, the Simons spoke about his team’s versatility and commitment. Excerpts from the pre-match press conference: On DD’s strategy against DC
Sometimes you get your tactics right and sometimes you get them wrong; and so far it is going pretty well. I don’t want to say too much about our plans for the opposition. A lot of work that we do is with concern to [working on] our game. [...] While we have given thought to what we want to do, a lot of our focus will be on our game, because we are happy with the way we are playing at the moment. On DC as an opponent
[...] In some ways they are more dangerous in the situation than anyone else. We won’t be complacent in terms of respecting the opposition. I think they are a very good side and they have match-winners in their team [...] we expect a good game. Whenever you have a cricket team in a T20 competition that will be in a place where they feel they are the underdogs and that they have nothing to lose, then they are really dangerous. We are particularly aware of what our state of mind is and what our opposition will be. We have a lot of respect for them as a cricket team.
On Shahbaz Nadeem’s performance so far
In the first press conference at Kolkata I said, “Watch our spinners.” I am not surprised [with the way he has performed]. We have just worked on some good ideas for him in terms of tactics and the way he bowls. We have always known that he has the ability, and the way he has put [it all] together now his ability and grasped the ability to drift the ball and turn the ball, his control of the length is crucial. He has done all those things well, and he has the attitude and the implementation of those ideas [that we have discussed] in the match situation under pressure, and I believe he will go from strength to strength. I had no doubt that he was going to be special. There is still a long way to go in this tournament as well. We are playing a team with a lot of left-handers, so that will make a difference so we have to think about that, but I am very pleased for him. He has worked hard. I am a coach that looks at a guy’s eyes, and if you meet him, you can see he has fire in his eyes. He has got self belief, and he is a great person. [...] On whether Naman Ojha will come at No 3 tomorrow against the DC bowling attack, which includes Dale Steyn
The one thing that our batting line-up does have is the ability to be versatile. We certainly don’t want to put ourselves in a position that the opposition can predict what is coming next. I am not going to say what we are doing, because then it is not going to be a surprise. But as the tournament unfolds, we want to make full use of what players we have got and what they bring to the table, because we have got versatility in there. [...] The last few games we have chased smaller totals, so we haven’t had reason to be innovative, but we will think about it [...]. On DD’s brilliant fielding performance
If I as a coach can get the team to stand in a circle before the game with an attitude and the desire to be there and the desire to play, then I can stop coaching. If you can have your team in that space every time they play, you are winning as a coach, because then technically things are right; the attitude is right. Some of the guys [the way they have performed] in the four games is tremendous. [...] that’s been one of the most rewarding things for me as coach to see the attitude of the guys going into matches and going into practice. We have an optional practice [today] and yet everyone is here. And that is good to see. What you see in the field is the manifestation of that attitude.
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. [...].