Yuvraj claims burden has been lifted from Delhi’s shoulders

Sudhir Gupta 07:43 18/04/2015
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Morale booster: Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj Singh believes momentum is with the Delhi Daredevils after claiming their first victory of the new season.

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Alongside Mayank Agarwal’s 68, Yuvraj blasted 54 as Delhi defeated Kings XI on Wednesday following two losses in their opening two games.

Ahead of today’s encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the ACA-VDCA Stadium, Yuvraj is delighted Delhi have been able to get the money off their backs and can now concentrate on climbing the standings.

The 2011 World Cup-winning allrounder said: “It was a big relief, not in terms of getting runs but in terms of the team winning after a string of losses which was hurting the team badly.

“We played good cricket in the first two games that we lost. We needed one win for a morale boost. It was great determination shown by the boys to get those two points and hopefully we can get a few wins from now. We are just going to go out there and be positive.” 

Yuvraj has also credited the work of coach Gary Kirsten, the pair know each other extremely well from their time together with the Indian national team.

He added: “Me and Gary have a great understanding. I feel somehow Gary gets the best out of me. When Gary was the coach with the Indian team he would manage 16 players, but here managing a squad of 25 players is a lot of responsibility. He has been great for the team.

“I have great understanding with him and he is someone who always pushes me and tells me that I should go and win the game for the team. He gives me a lot of confidence. I am very happy working again with Gary.”

Today’s game may not provide the same fireworks as Wednesday’s contest with the ACA-VDCA Stadium host to a low-scoring match in Sunrisers opening contest against Rajasthan.

Delhi are winless in four matches against Sunrisers, who despite two defeats have batted well, in particular David Warner who is averaging 43.66 for the competition so far.

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