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Sehwag takes blame for Delhi's poor run in IPL

Owning up blame for Delhi Daredevils' pathetic run in the Indian Premier League, skipper Virender Sehwag said his own poor form has hit the team badly.

cricket Updated: Apr 29, 2011 13:15 IST

Owning up blame for Delhi Daredevils' pathetic run in the Indian Premier League, skipper Virender Sehwag said his own poor form has hit the team badly.

Delhi suffered its fifth defeat in seven matches when it lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 17 runs, on Thursday night. They are languishing at the bottom of the points table.

"I have only got one fifty in the seven games. So I need to look at my performance also. If I get going it will be difficult for other teams to come back," the Delhi skipper said.

Sehwag said he need to spend some time at the crease if his side has to do well.

"I'll have to shoulder the responsibility and need to stay at the wicket for 12-15 overs. It will be good for my team," he said.

The Delhi captain feels that some shuffling in the batting order has become imperative but defended his decision to send Travis Birt ahead of in-form Y Venugopal Rao in the match against KKR.

"We thought a left-hander would be a better option against left-arm spinner. But nothing seems to be going our way. None of our plans are working. T20 game is like that only. Probably we will send Venu and Naman Ojha up the order in the coming games," he said.

Sehwag conceded that it's now a herculean task for his team to reach the semifinals.

"It's difficult and pressure is on us. We have to pull ourselves and really bat and bowl in coming games. Nothing is impossible. We can still back ourselves from here on and if we win two three games from here on, then it's possible for us but yes it's quite difficult."

Meanwhile, KKR captain Gautam Gambhir lauded his bowlers for defending a modest total of 148.

"We just played very well as a team. We bowled and fielded well. It just goes to show how desperate we were for a victory. If we can continue like this, definitely it will help our campaign. I am satisfied with the all-round performance today," he said.