The Delhi Daredevils are giving themselves a better chance of coming out trumps in the second season of the Indian Premier League. “We have a better balance as compared to last year, and are pretty confident of going all the way this time around,” said TA Sekar, team manager.
Sekar said the team had relied too heavily on Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir last time and “paid the price in the semifinals”. “We faltered in the semis when these two failed. So this time, we have brought in hard-hitting batsmen like David Warner and all-rounders to bolster our batting,” he said.
The bowling looks in safe hands with Glenn McGrath leading the attack. “I think the conditions in South Africa are quite similar to those in Australia. That should help me and I’ll try my best to help the young bowlers in the team to make the most of it,” he said.
Sekar insisted they wouldn’t miss the services of Mohammed Asif, who shared the new ball with McGrath last year. “We have a couple of good bowlers like Yo Mahesh, Pradeep Sangwan and Aviskar Salvi. Besides, we have Ashish Nehra and a couple of quick bowlers from Australia.”
He also made light of the team’s cramped schedule ahead of the semi-finals. The Daredevils play their last four games with just a day’s gap even as some teams will have a four-day break close to the semis.
“Look, every team will have to go through such scheduling at one point or the other. So, we aren’t reading too much into it and are just focusing on our plans.
Besides, the weather too wouldn’t be too hot. So, I think the hectic schedule won’t affect much,” he said.