Great to start with a win in Raipur: Jadhav

DD ‘keeper-batsman hopes new home proves lucky

By Harsh Kalan
Raipur 29 April 2013
Playing at their brand new home ground in Raipur, Delhi Daredevils made the ideal start. Given that their 0-7 start in IPL 2013 had them nailed to the bottom of league standings, DD truly needed a shot in the arm in order to move up.

Their initial boost came with a convincing home win against the mighty Mumbai Indians. And now, they finally have risen from the ninth spot on the table thanks to their triumph over Pune Warriors India.

“Obviously, it is a great feeling to have two points on the board,” said wicketkeeper- batsman, Kedar Jadhav. “It is a new venue for us… a new home ground. So, it is always good to start with a win.”

Jadhav, however, said that he would only deem this venue lucky if his team overcomes
Kolkata Knight Riders here on Wednesday. He also played down any talk of a home-field advantage just yet.

“No, I don’t think so we have any extra advantage. In T20, on a particular day, whichever team plays better, wins. We will have to repeat our performance, and maybe do one or two things better than we did on Sunday in order to beat KKR,” Jadhav said. 

He also pointed out that DD could have posted a bigger total against PWI, given their strong top order. “We could’ve easily reached 180, but we lost crucial wickets after 50-60 run partnerships. And our top three guys haven’t been able to score big runs. They are all capable of that – all three of them. Let’s hope one of them scores a hundred, so that we find it easy to post a big total,” said Jadhav, who along with David Warner ensured that the Daredevils set up a challenging 165-run chase for PWI. 

With seven more games to go, the Daredevils need to keep up their winning momentum. While contributions from their big guns at the top of the order will matter, even local talent like Jadhav will prove relevant in their quest to seal an improbable – yet possible – playoffs spot.

“With the amount of quality players that we have, we definitely can make the playoffs. But it is difficult. Actually, we have made it difficult for ourselves by losing so many games early on,” said Jadhav while assessing his team’s journey thus far in IPL 2013. “But it’s quite achievable. In the next seven games, we’ll have to win at least six games. We’ll take it one-by-one as they come.” 
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