Keen to win as many home games as we can: Karthik

DD batsman looks forward to crowd support at Kotla

Delhi 02 May 2014
In the sweltering afternoon heat, the Delhi Daredevils had an optional practice session at the Palam ground ahead of their first match of the India leg of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014. With airplanes flying over the ground located near the airport, the players batted and bowled in preparation for their match against Rajasthan Royals at the Ferozeshah Kotla. Captain Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Quinton de Kock and Ross Taylor were amongst those who had a session in the nets ahead of their match on May 3.

Like any team in any tournament, the Daredevils are looking forward to playing at home. Speaking to the media later in the evening, Karthik said, “When it is your home ground, you try and win as many matches as you can at it. Even in the auction, you try and pick a team you feel has the best chances of winning you matches. But having said that, these days you need to pick teams, which are all-round, which can do well in matches, both home and away. Now that we have the home advantage, we should try to do as well as we can with the crowd support.”

When asked about the team’s expectations from the India leg, he said, “We expect to see some good crowd and some good support and we are looking to play some good cricket out here.”

The Daredevils have picked up the pace after a slow start to the season and are shaping up well as was mentioned by Quinton de Kock in an earlier interaction. When asked to analyse their chances going ahead in the tournament, Karthik observed, “It is a crucial phase of the tournament; if we can win a few games from here on and get some momentum going, that would be really good for us.”

Discussing the team’s composition and possible changes, he added, “We are going to sit down today or tomorrow morning and discuss what we have, but definitely, we are keen on seeing whether we need to play that extra medium pacer or spinner.”

DD will be without the services of Nathan Coulter-Nile. When asked about his replacement in the squad, Karthik replied, “We are looking at a replacement. I am not sure what the team authorities have thought, but we are looking at it. Now that Coulter-Nile is ruled out of the team, I am sure the captain, coach and myself will sit down, and along with the rest of the Delhi Daredevils support staff, we will figure out what we need and who we need.”

With the teams back in familiar conditions, the next few weeks might see some changes in the points table. When asked about his view on the same, the wicketkeeper-batsman said, “Could be. I am not going to rule that option out, but having said that, you know how the table changes no matter how the pitches are. In the whole of IPL, it goes up and down. We are really looking forward to a good one week.” 
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