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DD vice-captain ready for IPL after Test series against England
By IPL Staff
Delhi 09 April 2012
Sir Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who will be representing the Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2012, has arrived in Delhi after fulfilling his national duties. The inclusion of Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen has strengthened DD as they take on title holders Chennai Super Kingsat the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium tomorrow.
Excerpts from DD vice-captain Jayawardene’s press interaction ahead of the practice session here:
On being the vice-captain of DD and his expectations from IPL 2012
Well, I am really excited to be here finally. I know I have missed couple of games, but nothing changes just because I am the vice-captain. The guys have had two good games. The first one was a really good away from home. We played both the games [that] were played away from home. I am looking forward to it [playing with team]. We have got some exciting players, new signings. And for me to be part of the Daredevils for the first time, I am really excited. On their opponents CSK
They are the defending champions and they have got a really good group of players. They have had some new signings as well. So we just need to make sure we need [to] control their batting line-up. They have got a really good batting line-up, so we just need to come up with some plans and try and execute those game plans accordingly. And in addition to that, we just need to concentrate on our strengths and be very positive about executing that. So we will have a couple of good meetings. The boys just got together; this is my first training session with the guys. So we will [be] talking and see how we can improve as a team going forward.
On Pietersen and him coming to India after the England-Sri Lanka Test series
Nothing has changed. The weather is pretty similar. I think we were playing in 40 degrees in Colombo, so it [that] hasn’t changed. The conditions in Twenty20 cricket, especially in IPL, different venues will give us different challenges pitch-wise and condition-wise. So we need to get used to that. But other than that for both of us, it is about gelling together as a team, and try and execute the game plan we all will come up with. I am looking forward to that. On whether he had discussed the IPL with Pietersen while in Sri Lanka
We did not have too many discussions to be honest. Those two weeks playing Test cricket we were trying to find a way for winning for our respective countries. But after that we had a good chat and we came on the same flight as well, and so we had an opportunity to have a chat about this opportunity and playing with new players. I think for both of us it would be a very good challenge and we are looking forward to it. And about coming from Test cricket to T20, these days we keep switching so quickly; two months ago, I was playing one-day cricket and all of a sudden two weeks ago I was playing Test cricket and then Twenty20. So it doesn’t make a huge difference [to us anymore]. It’s all in the mind how you refocus yourself to do another different job. We are quite capable of doing that.
Match 11 of DLF IPL 2012 will see Virender Sehwag’s Delhi Daredevils take on MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings. Sehwag’s boys won their rain-affected opening fixture against the Kolkata Knight Riders but were outplayed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match.
The Men in Yellow recovered well from the jolt they received from the Mumbai Indians in their opening fixture to convincingly beat the Deccan Chargers in their next match.
Tuesday, April 10, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
Apart from shouldering the responsibility of being captain, Virender Sehwag also needs to cope with the pressure of being the team’s premier batsman. The dashing opener was dismissed for a first-ball duck in the match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and he will be eager to start accumulating runs. The pressure on him would have eased slightly with the arrival of Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene. Both these players were in outstanding form in the Test series in Sri Lanka recently, and DD fans will be hoping they carry forth that form into the IPL.
Despite his lofty reputation and his record as the leading run-getter in the IPL, Suresh Raina is yet to look convincing in IPL 2012. He will be aware that he is one of the key players in the Chennai Super Kings scheme of things, and he will want to start contributing quickly.
Ravindra Jadeja had a dream outing in the match against the Deccan Chargers; he became the first player in the IPL to score more than 40 runs and take 5 wickets in the same match. Questions were asked about the lofty fee paid for him at the IPL auction, and he has silenced his doubters in the best possible way – by performing on the field.
Keep an eye on Ravichandran Ashwin too. The 25-year old has been MS Dhoni’s go-to man in difficult times. And though he has done well in terms of containing runs in the two outings so far, he’s yet to pick up a wicket, and he’ll be keen to see wickets falling into his kitty. Previous Meetings
MS Dhoni’s boys hold a slight edge as far as clashes between DD and CSK are concerned. Off the seven meetings between the two teams, CSK have won four, while DD have won the remaining three fixtures. In the most recent match between these teams, CSK – led by an incredible assault by Dhoni (63* from 31 balls) and a composed knock by S Badrinath (55*) – posted 176 for 4, and then restricted their opponents to 158 for 6 to win by 18 runs. Trivia
Delhi Daredevils will be keen to improve on their home record from the previous season; they won only one match out of seven (including one ‘No Result’) at the Feroz Shah Kotla in 2011.
Virender Sehwag has a pretty good toss record; he’s won the toss in 22 of the 38 matches he has captained the Delhi Daredevils. Among the long-serving captains, only Adam Gilchrist has a better record, winning 35 tosses in the 56 matches he’s been captain. What next?
Dhoni and co. will head back home after this fixture to host their neighbors the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 12. Delhi Daredevils meanwhile will be out of action for a few days; they will be next seen in action at the Wankhede Stadium on April 16 when they square up against the Mumbai Indians.