Delhi Daredevils vice captain Mahela Jayawardene said on Sunday that they were not taking anything for granted and their aim was to maintain their top spot in the Indian Premier League table at the end of the group stages.
The former Sri Lankan captain rubbished claims that complacency could be a factor for the team’s downfall, saying they were trying to improve with each game.
“Everyone is trying to improve their game everyday so there won’t be any complacency,” Jayawardene said at the Feroz Shah Kotla yesterday, a day ahead 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.”
Talking about his own form, Jayawardene said he would like to spend more time at the crease and capitalise on the starts he has had.
He also said, with Australian David Warner coming in, the batting order 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. It’s been a bit of up and down time for me but I feel comfortable as I am striking the ball well.”
The Sri Lankan veteran said Daredevils had the leeway to be felixible with their batting order.
“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.”
Mahela praised Englishman Kevin Pietersen, who has left for England for national duty, for his performance and influence on the team and hoped Warner would be able to do the same.
“You can never replace a certain player, Kevin has got unique strength about him and David has got different strengths about…