Sehwag says he is in prime form, Mahela relishing his role as opener

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils registered a thumping win against Mumbai Indians at Ferozeshah Kotla on Friday. The man-in-form, Virender Sehwag who led his team from front and scored his third consecutive fifties, said that he is in prime form and that his team members are keeping themselves grounded and aren’t overconfident because of their stupendous performances in the IPL-5 so far.

“I think I am in the best of form as far as IPL is concerned. I have sored around 150 in last three matches and that says about it,” said Sehwag, adding that his team members are still grounded.

“These are the things that we discuss in team meetings. I have told my boys to keep themselves grounded and not be overconfident by their performances so far,” said the Delhi skipper adding that as part of the team’s strategy, he or Mahela Jayawaredene tries to stay at the crease at least till the 15th over.

“As team’s strategy, me and Mahela have decided to stay on the wicket for as long as possible and thankfully one of us have been there till 15-16 overs and that makes our work easy during power hitting. Today both of us did and we had a very good partnership,” said Sehwag, appreciating the Delhi crowd who have been vociferously supporting Daredevils since the beginning of the tournament.

Mumbai skipper Harbhajan Singh said Delhi outplayed them. "We didn't get the result we were looking for. Delhi played fantastic, they batted too well. Credit goes to Delhi, they outplayed us," he said.

Harbhajan also said he opted to bowl as Delhi Daredevils loved to chase the scores. "They like to chase, With their batting line-up, they can chase down any total. We did not bowl good enough to restrict them to under 170," he said, adding that it was hard to stop Sehwag when he is on song. "You can only wish that he misses the ball and gets out."

Meanwhile, Mahela Jayawardena is relishing his role as an opener in the shorter form of the game, saying it gives him opportunities to go for the big shots at the start of an innings.

"Opening the innings gives me more opportunities to go for runs, hit boundaries during the powerplays, then try and control the situation," Jayawardena said after the Daredevils' convincing 37-run win against Mumbai Indians in an IPL match here on Friday.