Dinesh Karthik © IANS
Dinesh Karthik is the vice-captain of the Delhi Daredevils © IANS

 

New Delhi: May 2, 2014

 

Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Dinesh Karthik feels playing their next four games at home gives the struggling unit a chance to bounce back in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.

 

Things have not gone according to plan for Daredevils, who built a fresh squad at the auction thinking the strategy would work for them in the IPL 7 after getting the wooden spoon last season. They are placed seventh out of eight teams after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg of the IPL 2014. Click here to read the preview to the Delhi Daredevils vs Rajasthan Royals match.

 

Karthik said the team is eager to put up a good show at the Ferozeshah Kotla where it plays Rajasthan Royals first up.

 

“At the moment I don’t know what the expectations are of the team. We are looking forward to play good cricket for our home fans,” Karthik said after a practice session at the Palam Ground in Delhi on Friday.

 

“It is a very crucial phase of the tournament. If we can win a few games from here on and get some momentum going, that will be really good,” said the wicket-keeper batsman.

 

Asked about the significance of playing at home, Karthik replied: “You try and win as many matches on your home ground. You even pick your team at the auction thinking your best chance will be winning at home. Having said that, I think you need to pick up teams which are capable of doing well home and away.”

 

Though Daredevils can do better in all departments, the bowling looks their weakest link with not much variety in the spin department and injured pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile ruled out of the tournament. South African leggie Imran Tahir is expected to be Coulter-Nile’s replacement but he is reportedly having issues in getting the Indian visa.

 

“Definitely we are considering getting an extra spinner. We will sit down and finalise on that soon,” said Karthik when asked about the Australian’s replacement.

 

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