Daredevils aim to retain top spot: Jayawardene

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Published: Monday, May 7, 2012, 12:08 [IST]
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No complacency in the team, says Mahela

New Delhi, May 7: Delhi Daredevils vice captain Mahela Jayawardene has expressed that his team is not taking things for granted after ensuring a berth in the play-offs, as Delhi Daredevils are focusing on staying ahead of the rest in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League.

Jayawardene denied reports about complacency playing a role in the team which has a star-studded batting line-up and said that everyone were trying to improve with each game and there was no complacency.

"Everyone is trying to improve their game everyday so there won't be any complacency," Jayawardena told reporters here at the Feroz Shah Kotla on the eve of his team's match against second-placed Kolkata Knight Riders.

"We want to be at the top when the group stage finishes and we are going to put pressure on ourselves to accomplish that."

When asked about his own form, Jayawardene said he needs to spend more time at the crease and capitalise on good starts.

While he also added saying David Warner's inclusion has not yet been decided.

"I would like to spend more time in the middle, when I came in I batted at four then started opening. I had a few good starts but did not convert them. Its been a bit of up and down time for me but I feel comfortable as I am striking the ball well."

Jayawardene also said the team can be flexible with the batting order, and also said he was not aware of the line-up.

"I don't know where I am going to bat. We will keep Kolkata guessing for the night. With the players that we have we can be very flexible, we have used Irfan (Pathan) and Yogesh (Nagar) in different positions. With David (Warner) coming in things will be a bit different. Kevin (Pietersen) had a great season and we just need to continue doing all the right things."

The Sri Lankan veteran lauded Englishman Kevin Pietersen for giving Delhi Daredevils a superb start in the tournament and also hopes David Warner who has joined the team can play Pietersen's role, who has left for England for national duty.

"You can never replace a certain player, Kevin has got unique strength about him and David has got different strengths about him. We have all seen in the previous editions what he can do with the bat so it is never going to be a direct replacement. With another player coming in, we'll have to change how we are playing as a team to suit that combination."


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