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IPL desk in Delhi 29 February 2012 - 06:19pm IST

Sehwag to remain DD captain: Sekar

Jayawardene to serve as Indian opener’s deputy

Delhi Daredevils have retained Virender Sehwag as captain of their IPL 2012 campaign despite a string of no-shows from the opener in his international outings.

"There are no questions regarding Viru's captaincy. We are not really concerned about the fact that he has not scored runs. He is an impact player and believes that the ball is there to be hit. We have not at all thought about making any changes as far as leadership is concerned,"

Daredevils Director of Coaching TA Sekar said at the sidelines of a promotional event.
The Daredevils had signed Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene at the IPL Player Auction 2012, making him an automatic choice for captain if Sehwag was to be relieved of the duty. Sekar, however, brushed away the suggestion saying, "Jayawardene will always be there to complement Sehwag."

Explaining DD’s decision to trade off pacer Ashoke Dinda to Pune Warriors India, Sekar said, "I have spoken to Varun Aaron and he will be fit before the tournament starts. His rehabilitation program is going well."

The Daredevils mentor also defended the team’s persistence with wicketkeeper Naman Ojha, whose keeping skills have often come under the scanner.

"Naman has scored a lot of runs this [domestic] season and has also improved as a 'keeper. Also, in T20, even if you are not [the] best gloveman, you can get away with it," Sekar said in defence of the Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper.

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