Tillakaratne Dilshan is on a roll. The Sri Lankan has held the Delhi Daredevils’ middle order together, and has finished the matches for them with clinical efficiency. The fact that Delhi are sitting on top of the table with Sehwag and Gambhir, their trump cards, yet to come good, gives one a fair idea about how well he has done. Excerpts
Most of the batsmen struggle to score in the middle overs due to the slow wickets. How have you managed to do well?
I just change my method and approach as per the nature of the wicket. So far, it has worked well for me.
What’s making your middle-order click?
I think the answer lies in us being very good runners between the wickets. We rotate the strike well and put away the bad balls to the boundary.
You are finishing games with remarkable ease…
I try to get a start and then stay out there till the end. You can’t afford to get out after scoring 30-40 runs, as the new batsman will find it difficult to come in and start scoring quickly.
You are good at changing gears when required...
I take calculated risks. And when there’s a need for some quick runs, I try and find out which bowler isn’t bowling well on that particular day, and then just go after him.
Does Sehwag and Gambhir’s failure put pressure on the middle order?
I don’t think so. We have a pretty good middle order, and I am sure the two openers will soon return to form.
How much will the IPL stint help you in T20 World Cup?
This has been a great learning experience for me with so many internationals around in my team. And obviously the form and momentum I have gained here will act as a major plus in the World Cup.