New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils Sunday snapped their six-game losing streak in IPL 6 just a day after Sir Vivian Richards joined them as adviser and Virender Sehwag straight away credited his side's thumping win over Mumbai Indians to the legendary West Indian.
Sehwag, who stroked his way to an unbeaten 95 to guide Delhi to a nine-wicket win here, revealed how, on advice from Richards, he "bluffed" and thought he had the self-belief despite his struggling form.
"I bluffed and thought that I have been in-form. Viv Richards spoke about bluffing, he said even if a batsman feels scared inside, he should show that he is confident, he has the self-belief. That has helped," Sehwag said after the match.
Asked about his approach in the game considering that Delhi have lost all their six games before this match, Sehwag said, "When I'm batting well, I try to control the match. You could say the wind favoured Delhi today. Despite the six losses, we were focused on training hard, maintaining our fitness."
Wearing a big smile, Delhi captain Mahela Jayawardene praised his team-mates for showing steel despite six losses on the trot. "The guys have shown plenty of character, we stuck together despite the losses. Viru batted really well, it was good to watch him from the non-striker's end," he said. "161 was a good score, we needed a good start, not lose wickets early as we have done often this season. We needed to set up a platform and we were able to do that today."
Asked about the way ahead in the tournament with his side still a lot of work to do to have a chance to qualify for the knock-out stage, Jayawardene said, "We still can improve. We have the talent and we have to be focused to win all the remaining matches."
On Richards joining the team, Jayawardene said: "We knew that the franchise had planned about him joining the squad. But yesterday, when he walked in, I was like star-struck as I was meeting him in person for the first time."
Asked whether Richards' presence made a difference, the skipper replied, "Definitely, it did. It is simply great to speak to him about the game - the simple manner in which he describes the game. It's not only inspirational for youngsters, but also for seniors like us.
"He told us that when you are pushed back to the wall, you need to come out of it and keep improving and be more competitive."
Mumbai captain Ricky Ponting conceded that his side did not have the answer to the strokeplay of Sehwag and Jayawardene. "Sehwag and Mahela were outstanding today, they were too good today for us and we could not do anything against them," he said. "I thought 161 was going to be a competitive total. But lines and lengths [of bowlers] were way off. They [Delhi] had the momentum in first six overs. The ball didn't swing, it hasn't swung all tournament at this venue, that is why we left out Mitch Johnson. You can't argue with the balance, but the execution was way off."
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