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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag defends struggling Irfan Pathan

Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag came in defence of Irfan Pathan, after his team's 16-run defeat to Deccan Chargers in the IPL on Tuesday.

Pathan conceded 28 runs for a solitary wicket in his overs & could score only runs as the Daredevils crashed to their second defeat at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium, their home ground, & third in the event.
The Baroda player's performance in the IPL so far has been anything but impressive.

"He is coming from injury & will take some time. They is coming back after a one-and-a-half-year lay-off year & they picked up an early wicket. They gave 30 runs in overs. They is getting better day by day," Sehwag said of the beleaguered all-rounder.

Sehwag also said that it was difficult to chase a stiff total at the Kotla wicket.

"Wicket has been like that for plenty of years. It is difficult to chase 160-170 on this wicket. You need to apply yourself, must give a lovely start to your team, which regrettably didn't happen," they said.
"We did ask to prepare a couple of wickets but this is what they got," they added.

Asked about Yogesh Nagar who bowled over for 13 runs, Sehwag reasoned that the Delhi player is more of a batting all-rounder.

"He played as a batsman who can bowl," they said.

But the India opener admitted that his team lacked options in bowling, in the spin department.
"We don't have much options, don't have experience. Hope, they can find somebody who can play for Delhi in coming years," they said.

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