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'Sehwag's positive attitude helps me'

Press Trust Of India
Apr 22, 2011 at 04:31pm IST

New Delhi: Young Australian batsman Aaron Finch feels that mere presence of Virender Sehwag in the Delhi Daredevils dressing room lifts the morale of the team, which is currently under pressure to perform.

"Sehwag brings in a lot to the table. For someone of his stature who has played international cricket for a long period, his experience is invaluable," said Finch, who was effusive in his praise for his skipper at the pre-match conference, ahead of Delhi Daredevils'' match against Kings XI Punjab.

"You learn a lot when you discuss batting with him. When he is around, there is a sense of positivity around. He can encourage people when chips are down," the Australian batsman added.

Sehwag's positive attitude helps me: Finch

Delhi now have to win a minimum of seven out of the next 10 matches to make it to the last four stage.

For someone who came into this IPL with a reputation of a big-hitter, Finch hasn''t been able to set the stage on fire yet and he knows that the pressure has increased after three defeats.

"I won''t deny that there is pressure. It''s never easy to just walk in and start hitting with 50,000 screaming fans in the stadium," Finch said.

Delhi now have to win a minimum of seven out of the next 10 matches to make it to the last four stage and coach Greg Shipperd knows although it''s tough but not impossible.

"The focus will be on winning as many games as possible. We are training hard and trying to stick together as a unit. Hopefully, we will come good," the coach said.

Asked about Irfan Pathan''s poor form, the coach said, "Irfan may not have got a 70 or 80 but he is slowly improving and we expect him to do a good finishing job. We would like him to score 20 off 20 or take a crucial wicket."

The Feroz Shah Kotla strip has come in for some sharp criticism as it didn''t provide much assistance to the eight fast bowlers that Daredevils have. Now the local curator and state association have taken it upon themselves to provide a track which will be greenish in nature and will have good carry.

"We have had a look at the wicket and it has got some dead grass. I hope they will roll it sufficiently so that there is good bounce and carry. Then it will help both batsmen and the bowlers," the 54-year-old former Western Australian batsman stated.

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