Despite DD's poor start, Woodhill won’t press panic button

Successive defeats have put the pressure on the team, and the unavailability of Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and, for a while at least, Virender Sehwag has given them fewer batting options to fall back on.

Unmukt Chand, like his team, has had a horror start to IPL-6. (IANS)


Mumbai: To call the Delhi Daredevils’ beginning to the Pepsi Indian Premier League less-than-ideal would be an understatement. Successive defeats have put the pressure on the team, and the unavailability of Kevin Pietersen, Jesse Ryder and, for a while at least, Virender Sehwag has given them fewer batting options to fall back on.

In such a scenario, batting coach Trent Woodhill has a responsibility to turn things around, but the New Zealander isn’t pressing the panic button yet.

“[Against Rajasthan Royals] you have to acknowledge that was a great last over from Kevon Cooper that won them the game. You have to dwell on positives and if you look at the stats, we played out only 34 dot balls, and scored 12 twos, which is a lot in T20,” Woodhill, also the fielding coach, told MAIL TODAY.

Woodhill is a firm believer in the talents of youngsters like Unmukt Chand and Manpreet Juneja, and believes they will play a big role.

“In the last game, there were signs of things to come from Manpreet and Unmukt. The kind of situations they are facing early on in the season will make them gain experience very quickly,” he said.

“Highlighting their mistakes is unnecessary because they know when they don’t do what they had to. It is better to make them talk to David [Warner] or Mahela [Jayawardene], let them tell the youngsters what they would’ve done.”

Woodhill, who was New Zealand’s batting coach till last year, said there was a big difference between international and IPL coaching methods.


Reproduced From Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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