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Prajakta Pawar in Delhi 09 May 2013 - 09:53pm IST

Everyone plays to win: Kaul

DD pacer says team’s focus on playing good cricket

As the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 turns towards the business end and the points table starts firming up, the Delhi Daredevils will play their last home game when they take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday.

The franchise, which made it to the Play-Offs last season, has been struggling to cross the finish line in the sixth edition of the premier tournament. After a string of losses they have been in the bottom half of the points table and will be playing for pride in their remaining matches.

The team has however worked hard to put up a fight. While speaking to the media after practice at the Feroz Shah Kotla, pacer Siddharth Kaul who has also got an opportunity to display his skills in the last couple of games said that the team is keen to win and is focusing on playing good cricket. 

Asked about keeping themselves motivated and picking up after losses he said, “Every player wants to win and all teams want to win but only one team can win so we keep our focus and give our hundred percent. Sometimes it clicks and sometimes it doesn’t. So all we want to focus on is to play good cricket.”

Speaking about the opportunities that can be given to players he said, “I can’t decided who should be given the chance to play from the bench strength. But a good team is playing and the atmosphere in the team is good and one should also take into consideration see who is playing well... one who is playing well will definitely play”.

Asked of about his own goals and whether he looks forward to being picked for India ‘A’s tour to South Africa and whether he is working towards that, Kaul said, “I treat all games the same. I don’t see too far ahead and my goal is not whether I will play in the Champions Trophy or go on the India ‘A’ tour. My job is to perform and that is what I try to do.”

Asked if the presence of Sir Vivian Richards is benefiting the batters in the side more, the youngster said, “You will note that Sir Viv Richards has a lot of positivism and it spreads to everyone. You can’t say that it he is helping the batsmen or any particular individual. What you should see is how he motivates players, which is better and more beneficial.”

Asked if they will look to beat RCB and make things a little difficult for the opposition as the tournament approaches the Play-Offs, he said, “There is no such thinking. Both teams want to win but only one will win, so we shall be confident and play positively like we have been playing. We haven’t been clicking at times and we have had close games. We go to play not to think about making things difficult for someone else or how it will affect other teams”.

Asked how he has been planning and preparing to bowl to the likes of Chris Gayle and others he said, “He is also a human being. So according to me if you bowl a good ball he will be out and if you bowl a bad ball he will hit you for runs. “
“I will go out there and do what I have been doing and see what the results are!”

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