We can't afford to be complacent against KKR: Shipperd
Despite a four-match winning streak, Delhi Daredevils are not taking Kolkata Knight Riders lightly and coach Greg Shipperd said they have to win at least two more matches to seal their semis berth in the IPL.india Updated: Apr 06, 2010 22:14 IST
Despite a four-match winning streak, Delhi Daredevils are not taking Kolkata Knight Riders lightly and coach Greg Shipperd said they have to win at least two more matches to seal their semis berth in the IPL.
"I would not say comfortably placed, we are well placed at this moment. We need to win two more matches at least. The players hopefully play intelligent cricket. We cannot afford to be complacent," said the Australian on the eve of their return-leg match against the Kolkata side.
Delhi Daredevils is currently behind leaders Mumbai Indians with 12 points from nine matches.
Having recovered from his injury Ashish Nehra might have joined the side but Shipperd ruled him out for tomorrow's match along with injured pacer Dirk Nannes.
"We think both are still couple of games away from match fitness but they are making a good progress," he said.
With their side combining well as a unit with all-round performance from the Indian and foreign players, Shipperd said: "All credit to the selection panel to put together a fantastic squad particularly the strong Indian blend." Their side had prevailed over Kolkata KNight Riders in their first leg match at Ferozshah Kotla but the coach said past result will not matter tomorrow.
"The last game has no relevance to this game. Kolkata play on their home ground with a very supportive crowd. We look forward to the contest and it's a new game. we are looking forward to it."
"Every opposition is to be respected and we respect this particular team on their home ground."
Their spin department boasting of spinners Daniel Vettori and Amit Mishra, the coach said: "It's a very juicy prospect. On any ground, they are two wicket taking bowlers."
The coach especially praised Mishra and said he was a world class player.
"He has been an outstanding bowler not only this season but in the previous IPL as well. He is terrific form and I am sure he will prove this to the cricketing observers. He is a world class spin bowler," he said.
Captain Gautam Gambhir, coming back from an injury and treatment in Sri Lanka, is yet to fire but the Shipperd stood by the captain.
"It's understandable that after coming back from an injury it's difficult to re-establish yourself. He played an important innings (43 from 37 balls) against Rajasthan in shaping the total. He has got the captaincy responsibilty. He is doing his job very well," he said.