Delhi v Kolkata, 1st qualifier, IPL 2012, Pune May 23, 2012

Choosing bowlers for qualifier was difficult - Sehwag

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virender Sehwag, the Delhi Daredevils captain, has defended the decision to play three specialist fast bowlers and just one spinner during their qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday. Knight Riders beat Daredevils by 18 runs to make their first IPL final.

Daredevils opted for lone spinner Pawan Negi and sidelined the other left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem on a spinning pitch. Sehwag said he found it difficult to choose his bowling unit for the match, as all his bowlers were in good form. "Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav were bowling brilliantly so I could not have dropped them. The bowlers have always performed for us and most of them have won Man-of-the-Match awards, including Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Nadeem," Sehwag said.

"It was a tough choice when it came to selecting the bowlers. We thought that the grass might help the pacers. In games like these, you need to back yourself in whatever decisions you make. But I don't think it was our day."

Sehwag attributed his side's loss to a poor batting display. "We didn't bat well. The target of 163 was very much achievable on this wicket. But we collapsed and lost two early wickets and it did not help us. We couldn't make it in the last few overs," he said. "We lost a couple of wickets up front but still we were in the game till the 15th over. Anything could have happened, but we stuck to our strength rather than making too many changes."

Mahela Jayawardene, the Daredevils batsman, said the decision to play just one spinner was the right one. "Yes (we played only one spinner). But we controlled things much better in the (first) 15 overs, which we bowled. That has been our strength.

"The wicket wasn't too slow (or) too spinner friendly. It was spinning a little bit, but when we were chasing, we saw it wasn't too hard to play the spinners."

Jayawardene conceded Daredevils made a tactical error by sending Negi in to bat before Ross Taylor, who came in at No.7, when the asking-rate was more than 14 an over. "We made a few mistakes, probably tactically we made a few mistakes as well, but we will learn from that," he said. "We were thinking (of playing) the left-handers we had. But it was bit too late (in the innings to do that). We should have sent the left-hander in much earlier than we did. Maybe (we should've sent him) in place of Venu (Venugopal Rao) so that Ross also could have had a bit more overs to bat."

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  • Mathews on May 24, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    mahela/sehwag WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT LEFT HAND BATSMAN TO SEND EARLER, BEFORE rose taylor WHY DIDN'T YOU SEND irfan pathan??????? WHY negy??????

  • Dummy4 on May 24, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    agree with most of u....what the hell is delhi upto...even though the team has been winning and doing well but one is never confident with delhi playing....warner and sehwag look like they want to get out each ball....i never feel confident with them batting ...suddenly after 5 innings of playing straight...sehwag has started playing stupid wide outside off stump balls. Apart from the above what i failed to understand "why would u send in negi and rao to bat before ross and pathan....u could do the left hand and right hand combo with these guys ,,,much more experienced and big hitters. chennai wicket is going to be a spinning wicket for sure...if delhi again play without nadeem (not that hes as good as he looked in the beginning ) but still if we play without him and negi we have no chance.....GET UP sehwag....chip in with a few overs . this is my 11 for tmrw...sehwag at 1 down (1.chand,2.warner,3.sehwag,4.jaywardene,5.ojha,6.taylor,7.pathan,8.nadeem,9.negi,10.morkel,11.yadav

  • joseph on May 24, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    All your tactics will end after the upcomming match against Chennai(SF). Sure Sehwag won't survive long, therefore we are going to win comprehensively. Sehwag, Warner, Ojha, Jayawerdene, Taylor, Rao, **, Morkel, Yadav, Aaron,

  • Rahul on May 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    It proves again that Veeru is an ordinary captain. It is still unfathomable that franchise owners who put millions in players and supporting staff still haven't understood the importance of appointing a able leader to guide their campaign. Many a franchises have chosen to ultimately hand over the reins to their icon players who undoubtedly have been class cricketers but may not have been very clever captains. Mumbai and Delhi are two prominent franchisees who have suffered in last 5 IPLs while KKR, Kings XI and RCB rectified on the leadership blunders committed earlier. Just have a look at the last four IPL winning skippers in MSD, Warne and Gilly and you will get the answer. It is such a pity that Delhi had world class leader in Mahela available for entire season and still didnt utilize his leadership qualities by handing him the leadership of the group.

  • vikram on May 24, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    Why they preferred Venu over Ross in 10th over nobody will never understand, didn't they every thought Ross can play 10 overs or they want to left for latter too much to make match more interesting, also they are ignoring a young lad Yogesh Nagar, a good fielder and good aggressive batsman for lower order.....

  • Pranav on May 24, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    If they'd sent Irfan Pathan R Tayler before V Rao and Negi they cud hve won the macth. Wen irafan was sent in to bat, there was left only few balls and at that time, it was too hard to achieve more than 14 runs/over. if he gets more over to play he can perform well and Irfan will hit the ball well than jaywardane and VRao.

  • Sifiso on May 24, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    I'm not a DD fan, but I was annoyed with the way Taylor was used in the last match. And he visibly was annoyed too and had every right to be. He might have struggled with the bat for the most part of the tournament, but he is a quality player and if the plan was to get him to finish, they should have given him more balls to face. And after seeing CSK play last night, DD will have some major problems in their hands if they do not improve on their tactics from the last game.

  • Dakshitha on May 24, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    Strategy should be simple. 1. Play Ross Taylor at least as no 4 in lineup. 2. Drop Rao as he's neither a big hitter neither a Solid Batsman. 3. Get a spinner inn & drop out fast bowler .

    Get the inexperienced batsman to play lower order as in t20 game most of the runs needed to scored by the 1st 4 batsman who come on to play.

  • Siddharth on May 24, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    DD should drop jayawardhene as i havent seen him doing anything of note so far and shall strengthen their lower middle order with russell. Both of DD openers are match winners but when they fail the team struggles to make a comeback and whatever MJ has done this season can be matched by ojha, rao/unmukt.

  • shailesh on May 24, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    @Alexk400: bang on mate... I too think Sehwag must bat in middle order.. warner must open with ojha.. Sehwag can handle the spin well & he along with Jayawardene can provide solid middle order.. can even try Irfan as pinch hitter. my team against CSK would be: drop Rao, get Nagar/Chand, drop Aaron get Nadeem. Sehwag should even think of bowling 1-2 overs if conditions assist spin...

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