'Batting alongside Sehwag makes you feel inferior’

Daredevils Naman Ojha

Delhi Daredevils wicketkeeper Naman Ojha has started to nestle in the team’s set-up after moving from Rajasthan Royals last season. Though he didn’t have a fruitful 2011 season, the Madhya Pradesh keeper has had a quiet but confident start this edition.

One of the reasons for it being settled look the Delhi team sporting after the inclusion of star batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene, which has seen the pressure being taken off the rest of the batsmen.

"It has been a good start, winning two out of three games. Now our middle-order is stronger. Last season, we had concerns but with Mahela and we have more confidence. The middle of the 2011 season, things weren’t going my way. This season, I am enjoying it much more,” Naman told MAIL TODAY on Thursday.

The one development that has pleased the 28-year-old is that has been given a chance to open the innings for now. However, batting with Sehwag poses its own set of problems. "Am getting to open, something which I enjoy a lot. Sometimes, while playing with Sehwag you feel inferior. Some the shots he plays, you watch awe. It gets difficult to hold yourself back while watching Viru paaji bat. But now I have learnt to not try to match him shots,” he said.

Having played under Shane Warne and now Sehwag, Naman said both skippers have lot of flair in their leadership. "Sehwag doesn’t put any pressure on the players and tells us express ourselves. Warne had many ideas and strategies"


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