Fielding has let us down: Lehmann

DC coach says his team’s performance in the field has been disappointing

By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 05 May 2012
In what is considered to be the most open IPL, the Deccan Chargers have struggled to make their presence felt. With two wins from 10 games, the team from Hyderabad needs to win their remaining six matches with a convincing margin to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Their next target will be to beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore on their home turf.

DC coach Darren Lehmann addressed the media ahead of the match and singled out poor fielding as the biggest reason for the team’s miserable state. He also urged the young Indian players to pull their socks up and be counted.

Motivating the team after a series of defeats

It’s been hard, although we had a couple of good wins in the middle. I think it’s just about us getting better as a unit. Everyone knows we haven’t fielded the best. Had we fielded a bit better, we’d have won a few more games. We have a lot of younger players and they’re still learning. There’s a lot of responsibility on our overseas players. Having said that, I expect the younger guys to perform better than they have, especially in the field.

Lack of form of Indian players

They’ve been good in patches, to be fair. Again, that’s what you get with young players; they will be inconsistent. But along the way you learn a lot about them [is] by giving them the experience of playing. It’s better for them to play rather than not playing for other franchises. It is a process and it takes time to materialise. At the end, we haven’t played well as a team.

Substandard fielding

It’s been disappointing. Talking about the youngsters, it’s no hiding the fact that playing in front of such big crowds does get to them. That’s what we’ve been talking about – coping with playing at a world-class stage like the IPL. It’s the biggest Twenty20 competition in the world.

Big match against RCB

Every game is important for us now if we want to give ourselves a chance to make it to the playoffs. It does put pressure on the guys but we’ve got to deal with that because we’ve got ourselves into this position. Having said that, skill wise we’ve done pretty well. It’s the fielding that’s let us down.

The Dale Steyn factor

He’s been magnificent. He’s been shouldering a lot of burden, especially with all the travel. He’s really excited to come in and bowl. We obviously miss Ishant Sharma this season, but it gives guys like Veer Pratap Singh a chance to prove himself.

JP Duminy’s fitness worries

We’ll take a call on him after the practice. He’s had some stitches on the cuts he’s sustained. I doubt whether he’ll play, but it depends on how he pulls up after a net session. Dan Christian replaced him in the last game and we’ll change that around depending on the conditions. The Bengaluru wicket has some pace and bounce in it, so we’ll have a second look at our batting order.
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