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IPL Staff in New Delhi 14 May 2012 - 09:20pm IST

We’ve not lost our momentum: Sekar

DD coach talks about his team’s recent run and the road ahead

One of the most consistent performers in IPL 2012, the Delhi Daredevils will take on Kings XI Punjab at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. The home team comes into the game after a loss to the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, while the visitors are high on the back of thrilling victory over the Deccan Chargers.

However DD aren’t too bothered by their recent losses and look forward to getting back to their winning ways. Ahead of their match, coach TA Sekar addressed the press here.

Excerpts:


On the loss against Chennai Super Kings


The thing is we lost quick wickets. In the first six overs, we lost four wickets and all our top batters got out. It happens in Twenty20 cricket very regularly. When you lose four wickets like that, naturally it is going to be difficult to put up a big total [like] 170-180. We could have played better.

On whether they have lost their momentum after recent losses


Not really, because the match before that, we won by nine wickets. So that doesn’t really bother us. It’s not a concern at all.

On Virender Sehwag’s form


No batsman has scored in every game. He has five continuous fifties, which is a record and in the last match, he got out to a beauty of a delivery and any batsman in the world would have got out to that. It is not that he is just throwing his wicket; he was comprehensively beaten and bowled.
Sehwag is one player, if he gets going, all five matches we have won comfortably. Nobody has a 100 percent record. No batsman in the world has got that; [...] it’s a game of chance. Law of averages has to catch up. Maybe in the coming matches he [will have a good run] again. [In] next five matches, we will be near the finals [...] One more purple patch, and we through to the finals.

On the Chennai wicket where the finals will be played


The wicket was good. The wicket is a new wicket [...]. The wicket was hard. It was not turning at all. They had prepared a very good wicket. And then, when we bowled, there was bit of dew and the ball came on to the bat nicely. If this kind of wicket is given, it is good for Twenty20 wicket. It is not like a low-bounce or turning [wicket] like previous matches. It is a good wicket.

On Ross Taylor’s role, especially since DD has Sehwag and David Warner batting at the top of the order

More than the role, Ross Taylor is a class batsman. I believe in ‘class is permanent and form is only temporary.’ He has come out of an injury and then he played even though he was not hitting the ball, he was involved in couple of partnerships in the matches we won. With Sehwag, he had a good partnership of 82 [odd runs]. He was sick during the Hyderabad game [against the Deccan Chargers], so that is why we had to drop him. You needed a guy like Ross. You cannot go with just two big hitters at the top. You need a guy like [Mahela] Jayawardene to control the game in the middle. Ross can play both roles; he can control [the innings] and at the same time towards the end, he can hit. He has a good record in the IPL and CLT20, etc. We cannot discount Ross; he is a class player.

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