IPL 2012: Darren Lehmann wary of high-flying Delhi Daredevils

Darren Lehmann admitted that Deccan Chargers gave it up from winning positions in their last two matches AFP

New Delhi: Apr 18, 2012

Wary of the threat posed by the big-hitters in the Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann is banking on the unpredictability factor associated with this form of the game, as they prepare to face the high-flying hosts in an IPL match on Thursday.

“They are good players. They are world-class players.

Twenty20 is one of those formats where anything can happen on any given day as we saw (in the Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians match).

“Mumbai was bowled out for not many the other day. We should take our chances early and bowl well. We will (have to) bowl a lot better than we have in the last couple of games,” Lehmann said at the pre-match media interaction.

Though things have not gone his team’s way so far in the tournament with three defeats in as many games, Lehman is trying to keep the boys motivated.

“We should have been two wins and one loss really, and that’s the way we look at it. We just didn’t close those two games. Even though we haven’t registered a win, I am happy the way we are playing… so that’s a good thing.

“We have probably (one of the) younger squads in the IPL, which is good as well. I have been pretty impressed with the way they have worked and all you can ask for is good work ethic and we are doing that, and hopefully, the results turn around for us soon.”

On Kevin Pietersen’s transfer to Delhi, Lehmann said they would have loved to have the presence of the England batsman, who was registered with the Chargers in the last edition.

“Losing KP was a decision that franchises make between each other. We would love to have him. We haven’t got him, so you can’t worry about it, can you? You can’t do anything about that.”

Lehmann admitted that they gave it up from winning comfortable positions in their last two matches.

“We should have won the one against Mumbai in Vizag when they needed about 25 runs in the last couple of overs and then again last night (against Rajasthan Royals) we were close there. The last two-three overs cost us two wins. But the boys are training hard… probably (not being able to) execute (the plan in) the last few deliveries probably cost us.

The Aussie further said it is difficult for not just bowler but batsman also in this form of the game.

“Someone is going to be the winner and someone is going to be the loser. It is hard as a bowler, we know that and it’s hard for batsmen as well. It is just the nature of Twenty20 cricket. What we have seen is close games and a pretty entertaining IPL so far.”

Lehmann said his team was not having problems with the hectic schedule.

“We are fine with the schedule. The players are professional enough to get ready for each and every game. We have to rotate probably a bit more than the other sides, because we have 10 games in about 22-23 days.

“But it gives enough opportunities to do well, so we are not too worried about the schedule. It is part and parcel of the IPL.”(PTI)