Indian component of Delhi Daredevils batting very capable

Delhi Daredevils have shown lot of intensity, both in training and during the games © AFP

By TA Sekar

 

It has been a fascinating tournament so far with some intense contests catching the fancy of the cricket fans. As I write this, six teams are bunched with eight points each. Of course, Delhi Daredevils have played six games – and is at the top of the charts with the best net run rate – while Rajasthan Royals have featured in eight matches and the others seven each.

 

I am happy not only because our team has done well to win four of the six matches but also with the intensity that the team has shown on the field – both in training and during the games – and the bonding that exists in the squad. We are confident we will retain these important qualities through the month of May as well.

 

Some have asked me if we are relieved that Virender Sehwag got a half-century in the last game. The answer to that is simple: We know what Sehwag is capable of and will never be surprised when he takes the attack to the rival camp. He has been in good touch and has been striking the ball well.

 

Any good student of the game will have noticed that Sehwag changed his game against Mumbai Indians because the Wankhede Stadium track was not exactly conducive to strokeplay. Of course we are looking for him to provide the team great starts and to keep batting as long as he can through the innings.

 

I know we will get better when our batsmen start firing on all cylinders. We know we have an explosive batting line-up with five of the world’s best batsmen in Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor and David Warner. I know the Delhi Daredevils fans, who have turned up in great numbers at our games at the Ferozshah Kotla and elsewhere, are looking forward to a feast.

 

Let me assure you that the Indian component of our batting is also very capable. Everyone knows how briskly Naman Ojha and Irfan Pathan can score. Yogesh Nagar has also shown that he could play the role of the finisher admirably. And there is the hungry Venugopal Rao and the exciting teenager Unmukt Chand, to name a couple of batsmen, who are waiting in the wings.

 

It is good to have a squad that has solid all-round strength in reserve, what with exciting overseas talent like Roelof van der Merwe, Andre Russell and Doug Bracewell as well as Aaron Finch work hard at the nets in anticipation of a call-up from the team selectors.

 

Yes, it is this work ethic among the Delhi Daredevils squad that fires me up with immense belief.

 

(TA Sekar is a former India fast bowler. He was a critical part of the MRF Pace Academy as one if the finest coaches. He also served a term as National selector. His return to the Delhi Daredevils this season as the Team Mentor has been one of the most significant steps in the team’s journey to the top. He was with the team when it made it to the semi-finals in the first two editions of the IPL. On his return to the Delhi Daredevils, he has already worked hard to making the team more balanced and formidable)