Sehwag salutes bowlers after win
Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag credited his bowlers for his side's comprehensive nine-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in their Indian Premier League opener here on Saturday night.
"The bowlers set up the match for us. They made our task easier by restricting Royals to a modest total. Chasing 200 would have been difficult here," Sehwag told reporters after the match.
"It was an easy match for us and credit goes to the bowlers, they made it easy to chase the target. I hope they carry on the good work later in the tournament" Sehwag said.
After the Rajasthan side decided to bat first, the Delhi bowlers put up a disciplined show to restrict them to 129 and then their batsmen chased down the target in just 15.1 overs.
Sehwag agreed to suggestions that his team would face tougher challenges ahead and said his boys were ready for it.
"It was an easy match, but one-sided matches do happen in Twenty20 cricket. The first two matches of IPL were high-scoring affairs and we will have to face tougher teams ahead," he said.
Sehwag said the home advantage and practicing well before the match gave them the edge over Shane Warne's side.
"We started practice 10 days before the match and it was our home ground.
"Moreover, the seniors in the side, including the international stars, helped the youngsters a lot. That clearly paid off," he said.
"We have many youngsters in the side, they have not played in such a big stage and in company of big stars earlier. I think we should give some more time to them."
Man of the Match Farveez Maharoof, who took two for 11, said it was too early to predict how his team would fare in the tournament.
"We won easily today but we have to prepare for tougher battles. It is too early to measure our strength," he said.
Sehwag's opposite number Shane Warne said with some of the international stars joining them soon, he would not read too much on today's result.
"Graeme Smith is joining next week. The Pakistanis -- Younis Khan and Kamran Akmal -- are joining. Englishman Dmitri Mascarenhas is an exciting player, he is also joining soon. So I am pretty much confident that we would give tougher competitions to other teams in the tournament," he said.
Analysing the match, Warne said, "It was one of those days when we could not implement our plans and came short of ideas. I hope we would bounce back."
Warne, meanwhile, slammed the England and Wales Cricket Board for not allowing England players to take part in the IPL.
"It is a shame that exciting players like (Kevin) Pietersen are not playing in the IPL. It is ridiculous of ECB to stop them."
The showman he is, Warne sang happy birthday when light tripped for a few minutes during the press conference.