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Delhi Daredevils have had a woeful season so far in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013. The Mahela Jayawardene-led side lost their sixth game on the trot after their batting line-up folded against the Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Thursday evening.
A batting line-up that has the likes of Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Mahela Jayawardene is yet to make an impression in the ongoing season. Although they have lost a few closely fought encounters earlier in the league, they were outplayed by the Super Kings on Thursday night. With 10 matches still to be played, the Daredevils will be looking for a way to reclaim some of the successes they enjoyed last season. While speaking toiplt20.com after the heart breaking loss, DD’s batting and fielding coach, Trent Woodhill reflected on the team’s run in the tournament so far.
Excerpts from the brief interview:
On the loss against CSK and the series so far.
Disappointing! Prior to today we had three really close games. Obviously losing in the Super Over to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore maybe took a little bit out of the guys and maybe there is a little bit of disappointment over today’s game. And we are going to bounce back quickly against Mumbai Indians in a couple of day’s time.
On how difficult it is to regroup and where are they losing their way
There is no Kevin Pietersen, no Jesse Ryder. Kevin Pietersen was the best player in the tournament before he left last year (for national duty). To lose him is a big blow. We have got Mahela (Jayawardene), Viru (Virender Sehwag) and David Warner and those three guys will to have to get some runs in the next few games and hopefully come up with a couple of victories.
On the challenges for the coaching staff especially to boost the team’s confidence
Yes for sure. This is the time when they will be needing us. When you are winning it you can just let them go but now we have to find a way for getting some performances from them and get them ready within three days for the match against Mumbai Indians.
On whether clicking as a unit is the concern
Winning breeds success and losing raises a lot of questions and we have to find a way of freeing the players up so that they can play with aggression and freedom. Make them feel they are making the right decisions and at the moment we going to have to find that pretty quickly.
On playing against MI who come into the game on the back of a loss
Both the teams are coming in to the game on back of losses so (it depends) on how we both are going to respond. You look at their team and they have a star studded line-up. It’s going to be a difficult challenge, but then every game is a challenge and there are no easy games. And every team is full of stars and we have got to make sure that we are ready to go on (and play) in couple of day’s time.
100: Number of matches played by Suresh Raina for Chennai Super Kings (both IPL and CLT20 combined). He is yet to miss a match for Chennai Super Kings. 83: Delhi Daredevils’ total - their lowest in IPL. The previous lowest was 87 against Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai in 2008. This is also the lowest total by any side in IPL 2013, beating Mumbai Indians’ 87 against Rajasthan Royals at Jaihe pur.
50: Chennai Super Kings registered their 50th win in IPL. They became the first team to do so.
22.35: MS Dhoni’s dot-percentage in IPL 2013 – lowest for any batsman. He went ahead of fellow team-mate Ravindra Jadeja, who has a dot percentage of 22.64.
8: Number of consecutive matches lost by Delhi Daredevils – last two in 2012 and all six in 2013 edition. Only Pune Warriors India had a longer streak of defeats in IPL - 11 between 2012 and 2013 (Kolkata Knight Riders had also lost eight in a row in 2009).
5: Number of Indian batsmen to aggregate 3000 runs in T20 cricket. MS Dhoni joined Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.