Daredevils' chance of a recovery has ended for all practical reasons after six straight defeats but Jayawardene was not ready to throw in the towel as yet and wants his boys to show more determination.
New Delhi: Virender Sehwag, who made a comeback from injury, does not seemed to have helped Delhi Daredevils in their disastrous IPL campaign so far and skipper Mahela Jayawardene feels that having the senior opener back in the side does not put an end to all their problems.
Story first published on: Friday, 19 April 2013 13:06
"It's not just about Viru. Just having Viru does not really solve our problems. As a batting unit, we need to score runs and be more consistent. Out of the six games, the one in Mumbai and the match against CSK have been two bad games. We should have at least won two matches by now," Jayawardene said after his team was shot out for 83 against CSK to lose the match by 86 runs.
Daredevils' chance of a recovery has ended for all practical reasons but Jayawardene was not ready to throw in the towel as yet and wants his boys to show more determination.
"If we don't believe that we can qualify, then we should not be playing in the first place. I still believe we can get to six points and then suddenly force ourselves somewhere in the middle of the table. We have to believe in our abilities. If we have got ourselves in this situation, it's up to us to pull ourselves out of trouble," Jayawardene added.
About the margin of defeat, the skipper said, "I thought 160 was a par-score on this track considering the batting line-up CSK had. But we lost a lot of wickets upfront and it became difficult. We bowled well for a while before MS (Dhoni) came in. But our plans did not work while batting. Also they bowled and fielded well and kept up the pressure on us."
Questions have been raised about the quality of domestic talent in the Delhi set-up but Jayawardene backed the youngsters.
"We have guys like Unmukt who had a good season before IPL and also Manpreet (Juneja) and Kedar (Jadhav) who have batted well. Actually, when we lose, it's very easy to point fingers at certain things. At the end, it's about winning matches," he said.