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80: Delhi Daredevils’ total – lowest by any side in IPL2013. The previous lowest was 83 also by Delhi Daredevils against Chennai Super Kings at Delhi.
69: Number of dot balls in Delhi Daredevils innings – most for any side. Royal Challengers Bangalore had consumed 65 dots against Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru. This is also a new record of maximum dot balls Delhi Daredevils have ever played. They had 66 dot balls against Kings XI Punjab at Dharmasala in 2011.
37: Sunrisers Hyderabad won with 37 balls to spare. They inflicted the heaviest defeat on Delhi Daredevils in terms of balls. Kochi Tuskers Kerala had beaten Delhi Daredevils with 30 balls to spare at Delhi in 2011.
19.67: Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling average in IPL2013 – best for any side. Their economy rate of 6.76 is also the best for any side.
15: Number of wickets taken by Amit Mishra through stumpings – most by any bowler in IPL.
5: Number of boundaries in Delhi Daredevils innings (four fours and one six) – least in a team innings in IPL2013. They held the previous record also with six boundaries against Chennai Super Kings at Delhi.
1: Only one batsman managed a strike-rate of 100 or more in Delhi Daredevils innings – least in a team innings in IPL2013.
0: Number of matches lost by Sunrisers Hyderabad at home in IPL2013. They have won five out of five.
With just three innings in the IPL so far, young Sanju Vishwanadh has already created waves in the tournament. His maturity at such a young age and his ability to strike the ball cleanly against some of the best in the business has left some labeling him as an India prospect.
But Sanju is not thinking about his future so soon. For starters, he wants to keep things simple. “All I am thinking at the moment is about Rajasthan Royals’ games ahead. I want to make meaningful contributions for the side and help them win,” said the wicket-keeper-batsman, post his team’s eight-wicket loss at the Eden Gardens against theKolkata Knight Riderson Friday.
Sanju, who top-scored with a 36-ball 40 in the Royals’ innings of 132, said that it was a challenging wicket to bat on. “We all know that the Eden wicket is a bit slow. We were ready for the challenge, but it was a bit difficult to bat on. We applied ourselves according to the nature of the wicket. Unfortunately, we lost wickets early on in our innings.”
Sanju said that, on a personal front, he relished playing mystery spinners Sunil Narine and Sachithra Senanayake who posed a different kind of challenge to him. “It was a great experience to face Narine and Senanayake. I was wary of the challenge, and I will play them better the next time I face them. I am fortunate to face a variety of bowlers in the tournament. I have never faced so many types of bowlers and this IPL experience will only help me do well in the future.”
The 40 from Sanju, a run-a-ball 35 from Shane Watson and some late blows from Owais Shah helped RR post 132 on the board, which according to Sanju was a defendable total. “Looking at our bowling attack, a total of 130 or 140 was a good enough total to defend,” Sanju said. “I guess we lost the plot in the Power Play. We should have scored more in that phase of the game. Had we got more runs then, things might have been different,” he added.
When asked if RR would be ruing the fact that their away record was dismal, Sanju was quick to reply, “We are not worried about our away record or dominance at home. We just want to play the right cricket at the right time. We are not worried about the result. What matters is to give your 100 percent on the field.”
Not surprisingly, the youngster has given his 100 percent whenever he has got a chance to perform. His unbeaten 27 against the Kings XI Punjab showed that he had the temperament to chase down totals, while his 63 against RCB showed that he was not afraid to attack some of the best bowling line-ups in the tournament. Sanju credited his success thus far to his captain Rahul Dravid. “I love to attack. I always try to play according to the needs of my team. Rahul Dravid backs me a lot. He is giving me the right advice at the right time. The team management has also backed my abilities, which is the reason why I am able to play freely.”
Regarding rubbing shoulders with some of the big names in cricket, Sanju said that he wanted to make the most of the opportunities he got with RR. “IPL is a big stage, where players get to express themselves. I try to take in as much knowledge as possible from the senior pros in the team. I always ask them about my game and take valuable inputs so that I can improve my game. It is a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills and I want to make the most of it.”