Jayawardene delighted after restoring form –Cricket News Update
Delhi Daredevils’ top order batsman, Mahela Jayawardene, expressed delight after returning to form, following his brisk half-century against Mumbai Indians during the 36th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League, played at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi, on April 27, 2012.
The right-handed batsman along with the skipper, Virender Sehwag, provided his side with the highest opening partnership of this year’s edition - 135 runs, which helped the team to seal their six win of the competition by 37 runs.
“Opening the innings gives me more opportunities to go for runs, hit boundaries during the powerplays, then try and control the situation," said Jayawardene.
The 34-year-old veteran further admired the efforts of his teammates and attributed the win to a combined endeavor. "We would like to play like this. Credit to all the boys,” appreciated Jayawardene.
This remained Jayawardene’s best innings in the tournament so far. Prior to that, his highest score was 20 not out, which came in his first ever outing for the Delhi franchise, since joining them from the now defunct Kochi Tuskers. His timely return to form will be a relief for the outfit, as they remain keen on cementing their place in the semi-finals of the competition, following a poor last season.
However, the team will be spoiled for choices, following the return of David Warner, who is expected to join the team in the coming days, after fulfilling his international commitments. His power-hitting is well-known to the Delhi fans, so accommodating him at the top could see a re-shuffle in the batting order – with Jayawardene again slotting in at no.4.
However, the Lankan skipper is not fazed by the current scenario and claims that he is ready to play in any position.
"It will be a healthy headache for the team management,” said Jayawardene."We are a group of players and my job is to complement the likes of Viru, KP, Ross and Irfan. We are gelling pretty well," added the Sir Lankan Skipper.
The elegant batsman will be looking to maintain his upsurge, when his side meets Rajasthan Royals on April 29, at the same venue.