Batsmen did not deliver: Virender Sehwag
Final Updated: Wed, Might 23, 2012 01:12 hrs
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As the 1st likelihood to qualify for the IPL last slipped out of their hands, Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag on Tuesday said the 163-run target was really a lot chase-able but the batting unit failed to fire against KKR in the Qualifier.
Delhi could manage just 144 for eight with all big guns failing to contribute a lot.
“We did not bat nicely, 160 was chase-in a position. The needed batting work was just not there. We lost two early wickets and failed to make it in the final couple of overs,” Sehwag explained.
Sehwag also defended variety when asked if presence of spinner Nadeem could have produced some difference.
“Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav have bowled brilliantly for me. I cannot sit them out. It was a hard option but we thought that the grass may well support the pace bowlers,” he stated.
He promised to back in the Qualifier two, saying,”We have another chance to get there, we are not able to chill out, require to go all out.”
Winning skipper Gautam Gambhir mentioned they had been confident of defending the complete.
“We constantly felt that it was a 140-145 wicket, but when we got 160, we thought it was an over par score,” he mentioned.
Asked if Jacques Kallis’ bowling along with his batting has proved critical, Gambhir mentioned every and every bowler has contributed in their very good run so far.
“Not only about Kallis, all of them have bowled have bowled extremely nicely, great deal of credit score to all the bowlers including Balaji, Abdulla, Narine and other folks,” Gambhir explained.
Paceman Laxmipati Balai had looked in some discomfort throughout the match but Gambhir stated he will recover in time prior to Sunday’s final.
“We have 4 days for Balaji to recover from the injury.”
Yusuf Pathan, who smashed a brilliant 21-ball 40 to assist side attain a very good total, explained he was pleased to have lived up to the expectations of the team.
Yusuf had a poor run ahead of this match and had coped a lot of criticism.
“There are usually massive hopes from me. I had not performed properly in the prior games, but I know that I can get going in a big match,” he mentioned right after getting man-of-the-match award.
Yusuf explained getting adequate overs to settle on the pitch aided him get his touch back.
“I had a great deal of time to get in and alter myself to the track these days. Now We are waiting for the big game. We will chill out and await for it eagerly,” he explained.
KKR bowling consultant Wasim Akram said Gambhir’s leadership has created a large effect on team’s fortunes this season.
“I am content to be linked with KKR. It is a great bunch of boys, love to stick close to with each other. Long story what is changed from the initial four many years, but to lower it quick, its all due to the fact of a very very good captain and an enthusiastic proprietor,” the Pakistani bowling legend mentioned.
Akram was satisfied that the team method worked right now. “We study the wicket properly, we played 4 spinners, they played only one particular, had they got in an additional spinner or two, it could have gotten lot closer,” he stated.