New Delhi, May 15: Deccan Chargers coach Darren Lehmann blames team for not executing plans which has led to the team's downfall in the fifth edition of Indian Premier League as they are rooted to the bottom of the table.
Chargers have registered just two wins off 14 matches, which narrate their sad story as Lehmann has said, the team did not execute the plans well which resulted in their performance as they couldn't lift themselves throughout the tournament.
"We haven't executed our plans well. We have missed a lot of opportunities when we should have taken them. It's about getting our basics right and that's what we have to do better," said Lehmann
Deccan Chargers are facing problems aplenty. First and foremost, their inability to contain runs, as they rely only on Dale Steyn, which cannot work in a T20 format as a team needs atleast 5 bowlers.
A close look at the matches that Deccan has lost gives us more information, as they have lost more close matches than any other side. Moreover, players have not complemented each other since the start of the tournament.
If batsmen score, bowlers do not defend the score, and if the bowlers are efficient, batsmen don't fire, there are a few issues with fielding as well. Chargers in order to win the last two games, need to address the issues at the earliest.
Lehmann talking about his team's younsters said, "Younger guys are learning, the more experience they get the better they become in those situations. As long as they learn from their mistakes as a coach I'm happy."
Though Lehmann was disappointed with the team's performance in this year's IPL, he was happy with the players
"I want our players to have fun. There's a lot passion for cricket in India but it's still has to be fun. If you are enjoying the game and playing entertaining brand of cricket then you can play well. Our boys train harder than anyone else so I'm happy about that," he said.
The former Australian player also heaped praise on Kumar Sangakkara and said, "He's a champion, he's our captain and he has done a wonderful job behind the scenes. Obviously he would have liked more runs but we have a special man, who looks after all the players. I'm sure he'll turn his form around in the near future."
He also felt the team ran short of luck, as batsmen were playing quite well but since its a team sport, needed some support from the other departments as well. According to him, JP Duminy also played brilliantly, as he scored 146 runs off seven matches and has performed when he is in the playing XI, but team needed some luck.
"We have had very little luck coming our way. In this game you make your own luck, we have been in some close situations. Four or five times we have been involved in last ball finishes and it hasn't gone our way," Duminy said.