Hyderabad, May 10: Though they have almost sealed a spot in the play-offs, Delhi Daredevils team mentor TA Sekar said they were not taking Deccan Chargers lightly and will play with the same intensity on Thursday.
"T20 is such a funny game. Any team can beat any team. We are not taking it lightly at all. Because, we are only 16 points, I think you need 17 to qualify this year. Still, four more matches go apart from this. We are playing with the same intensity what we played in the previous matches," said team mentor TA Sekar.
The two teams will clash at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium, the visitors first match at the ground. Sekar said the pitch looks good for batting.
Admiring all-rounder Andre Russell, Sekar said the team is yet to finalise the playing XI. The Jamaican talent has not played a single game this season.
"Russel is fit. We have not decided our XI. Potentially, he is a very good all-rounder. He can bat well, very good number six, seven batsman. He can bowl well. We are working on his bowling. He did not get a chance to play in the first 10 games, he is still very focussed. We are yet to finalise our XI," Sekar said.
Daredevils lost their top spot after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday. Sekar felt they were short off 20 odd runs in the end. "If we had scored 170, then we were driving a good game. Kolkata played very well. They had a very good opening partnership. We came back quite well getting two wickets in two balls but we had very less runs on the board. May be, we were about 20 runs short last time."
Daredevils miss the presence of England batsman Kevin Pietersen, who had a wonderful stint this season, but Sekar feels it does not matter as they have a good replacement in David Warner.
"Definitely, we miss Pietersen. We brought Warner as replacement. He got back-to-back two hundreds in CLT20. Pietersen batted at number three and Warner bats at number one. It does not matter much," he said.
Apart from batsmen, Delhi possess a strong bowling attack with youngsters Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron also with the likes of South African pacer Morne Morkel and spin sensation Shahbaz Nadeem.