Daredevils undeterred despite fixing row: Mahela

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Published: Thursday, May 17, 2012, 19:09 [IST]
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Nobody is guilty unless proved: Mahela

New Delhi, May 17: This IPL season may be hit with corruption but Delhi Daredevils batsman Mahela Jayawardene on Wednesday said the team's focus is unchanged despite the spot-fixing allegations on few players.

None of the Delhi players have been named in the 'sting operation' conducted by a TV channel but five others have been suspended for being involved in spot-fixing claims.

"We will have to wait and see. No body is guilty unless proved. We will have to wait for the decision after the enquiry and then only we can come to some conclusion. Right now our focus is to finish in top-2. Nothing has taken the focus away from us. Once the enquiry is over, then we can have some explanation," Jayawardene said, on the eve of match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Daredevils are the first side to secure a play-offs berth but the Sri Lankan skipper said they would play to their full potential and avoid changes.

"This is something we will discuss with the management. But there won't be much experimentation. We have been consistent with our selection and it has worked for us. There will not many changes but may be some," he said.

Mahela said the team are eyeing a top spot in the points table to increase their chances of making it to the title-clash.

"One of our aims was to qualify for the Play-offs. And now we want to finish in top-2 to have that advantage. The next two games are important for us. There are certain areas we want to improve on," he said.

Jayawardene, however, was not concerned about the inconsistent middle-order batting performances.

"If you see the top-10 batsmen in IPL are either openers or number three batsman. Naman (Ojha) played well yesterday and then Irfan (Pathan) finished the match. If they can contribute in the same vein, that's an added advantage. So middle-order is not a concern but yes it can be handled in a better way," he said.

"He's brilliant. I have played for the first time under him. He gives a lot of freedom and the boys have responded well. He talks to bowlers and plans well. It is tough in the middle and situation can change and he has handled that well. He has batted well also and that reflects in his captaincy. It is a happy dressing room."


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