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IPL Staff in Delhi 05 April 2013 - 10:04pm IST

Top order batsmen need to stay: Warner

Opener hoping to get the team off to a good start

In their first home game of the season the Delhi Daredevils will be facing off against the Rajasthan Royals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the first afternoon game of the Indian Premier League 2013. 

After a heartbreaking loss to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the tournament opener the Daredevils will be looking to open their account in the points table. However the side is fraught with injuries to key players like Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen, both of who will be unavailable for the game against the Royals’ as well. Speaking about Sehwag’s injury status, David Warner told the media, “Viru is not playing tomorrow. He is getting a lot of physio treatment but he has improved a lot from the last time.”

“We have got a lot of injuries (to players) but we have got a very good team on the park. I think that other night we lost too many wickets playing some silly shots. Hopefully we can improve on that and some missed chances in the field as well. Lot of balls went through our hands, we have to improve on that. We have got to play to our plan, come out and bat, bowl and field as well as we can and win the game.”

While talking about negotiating spin bowling Warner said, “Instead of playing the shot we got caught at the crease and that’s what happens in cricket. Hopefully we can improve as a team tomorrow and put some more runs on the board if we bat first and if we bowl first we can chase down as a batting unit.”

Asked about the increased responsibility in absence of the likes of Sehwag, Warner stated, “There is lot of responsibility on every person in the batting line-up. We all have to score runs. It is not about any individual players, we do have a lot of fantastic players in the side. But it is important for one of us guys to step up and get in the lime light. Hopefully one of our top four can score big runs throughout the tournament and that is the key to success of a batting unit.”

“For me it is to get us off to a good start and then try to get to the last five overs and that’s the responsibility I have with lot of the players here.”
Emphasising on the role of the top-order and the significance of one of them seeing the team through the end he said, “It is our goal that one off the top four to be there till the end whether it is 70 off 50 balls or whether in the last over you are 100 off 60 balls we need someone in the top four to be there till the end.”

Asked if fielding was also a cause for concern, Warner said, “It is not a concern at all. I think we are all capable of fielding the ball. When a bowler bowls an over, a good over and if the ball comes to him he is going to pick it up but sometimes if he doesn’t bowl a good over and he might fumble it (while collecting the ball) because it is in the mind. It is all in the mind. We are all good fielders we have seen people like Irfan (Pathan) and Umesh (Yadav) and (Shahbaz) Nadeem, they have all got good hands and that’s what you need in this game. The other night was just a bad night for us in the field and we will improve on that.”

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