We are up for the challenge, says Sehwag

Published: Friday, May 30, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Virendra Sehwag, captain of the Delhi Daredevils, sounded optimistic ahead of their DLF Indian Premier League semifinal against Rajasthan Royals, saying they were as prepared as they could be.

Speaking to scribes on the eve of the first semifinal, Sehwag said the importance lies in executing the plans formulated.

''If you do not implement the plans on the field, then all your strategies would come to nought,'' he said.

The Delhi dasher said, ''We have played good cricket to reach here, though we did have a bit of luck on our side. We are all ready for the challenge, which will be thrown to us by Rajasthan Royals.'' He said the big match pressure will not affect the young boys in his side, as they also have some very experienced hands in the team to guide the youngsters.

''Anyway we are treating this match as just another match and not letting the pressure of playing a big semifinal match get to us,'' he said.

The Daredevils opener felt that the toss would play a big role, as it has been seen that in the first half of the match the ball does do a bit, while by the second half it eases out.

''Win the toss and bowl first will be the mantra of any team on this wicket,'' he added.

''We have beaten Rajasthan Royals once and we know they are beatable'', Sehwag said, adding that both the teams have some very good bowlers in the sides and it will be a good contest. Sehwag said Shane Warne would not be much of a factor, but his team will have to look out for the other bowlers in the side, who are very good.

''We will be playing the ball on merit and not look at the reputation of the bowler who is bowling,'' he said.

Sehwag also felt that now their middle order was doing well after not so good performances in the beginning of the tournament. ''If you see in the last few matches, the middle order has pulled its weight. Though they are not getting 50s and 60s they are chipping in with good 30s and 40s for us,'' Shewag said.


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