Our tournament opener against Kolkata Knight Riders did not go as well as we had hoped for, but you have to give credit to Sunil Narine for another superb display of bowling. He was the match-winner for Knight Riders and we’ll have to play him better when we next play them. We had anticipated a relatively low-scoring game, but defending a target of just 129 was always going be a tough ask for our bowlers. There were some moments when we were in the game and our slow bowlers did their best to create some pressure, but in the end we were a little too short of a competitive target.
There is no point in us being disheartened though. Due to the injuries, we were playing a pretty young team and several of the guys were facing Narine competitively for the first time. He’s the kind of bowler you need to gather experience against to learn how to best play him. So from our perspective it was a good learning experience for our players and ultimately an investment in our future.
The culture of the Delhi Daredevils is built around player development and nurturing talent because we are looking at the long-term. From my perspective, it was pleasing to get a decent knock under my belt after my finger injury. I was just disappointed that we were not able to really get any proper partnerships together after the fall of David Warner. That made life really difficult against some tight bowling.
We have a great opportunity to bounce back from that defeat, when we play against Rajasthan Royals today. It will be their first game of the tournament, so we need to try and exploit the advantage of already having played one competitive game. We need to make less mistakes than we did against Knight Riders and I am especially keen that we field a lot better than the other night.
I am not sure whether we’ll have Virender Sehwag back in time, as we need to be cautious with his back spasms, but if not, it’s a chance for another player. It will, of course, also be great to play our first game at home. While the atmosphere at Eden Gardens was electric, there is nothing like playing in front of a home crowd and we are all hoping that there will be plenty of supporters to cheer us on.