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Switching to T20 isn�t difficult: Mahela

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, April 9 (PTI): Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, who joined the team yesterday along with explosive English batsman Kevin Pietersen, today said that nowadays it�s not difficult to switch formats.

�As for coming and playing IPL after playing Test cricket doesn�t make a difference as these days we keep changing from one format to another very quickly,� the Lankan skipper, who has recently scored back-to-back Test hundreds told mediapersons on the eve of their first home game against the Chennai Super Kings.

�Two months ago, I was playing ODIs and two weeks ago, I was then into Test cricket, so we have to learn to adjust from one form to another. It�s all in the mind how we re-focus ourselves to do a different job,� Jayawardene elaborated his point of view. The Lankan captain and Pietersen were trying to outscore each other during the recently-concluded Test series but now will be sharing the same dressing room trying to help the Daredevils win their maiden IPL trophy.

�We did not have too much discussions as we were playing the Test series but we had a good chat while coming here as we were on the same flight.� Quizzed on the topic of discussion, Jayawardene said, �We had discussions about the opportunity we have in hand to play with new players and for both of us it�s a good challenge.� The stylish right-hander feels that the additional responsibility of being Virender Sehwag�s deputy does not change anything as the endeavour would be to win matches.

�I know I have missed a couple of games but nothing changes with me being the vice captain. The guys have had two good games. First one was a really good game away from home. I am looking forward to the remaining matches. We got some exciting players in the squad, couple of good signings. And for me to be first time part of Daredevils, I am really excited,� he said. On their match against defending champions CSK, Jayawardene said that his team will have to keep Mahendra Singh Dhoni�s batsmen under tight leash.

�Obviously they are the defending champions and they have got a really good group of players. We just need to make sure that we are able to control their batting line-up which is their strong point. We need to come up with some plans and execute them during the game.

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Switching to T20 isn�t difficult: Mahela

NEW DELHI, April 9 (PTI): Delhi Daredevils vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene, who joined the team yesterday along with explosive English batsman Kevin Pietersen, today said that nowadays it�s not difficult to switch formats.

�As for coming and playing IPL after playing Test cricket doesn�t make a difference as these days we keep changing from one format to another very quickly,� the Lankan skipper, who has recently scored back-to-back Test hundreds told mediapersons on the eve of their first home game against the Chennai Super Kings.

�Two months ago, I was playing ODIs and two weeks ago, I was then into Test cricket, so we have to learn to adjust from one form to another. It�s all in the mind how we re-focus ourselves to do a different job,� Jayawardene elaborated his point of view. The Lankan captain and Pietersen were trying to outscore each other during the recently-concluded Test series but now will be sharing the same dressing room trying to help the Daredevils win their maiden IPL trophy.

�We did not have too much discussions as we were playing the Test series but we had a good chat while coming here as we were on the same flight.� Quizzed on the topic of discussion, Jayawardene said, �We had discussions about the opportunity we have in hand to play with new players and for both of us it�s a good challenge.� The stylish right-hander feels that the additional responsibility of being Virender Sehwag�s deputy does not change anything as the endeavour would be to win matches.

�I know I have missed a couple of games but nothing changes with me being the vice captain. The guys have had two good games. First one was a really good game away from home. I am looking forward to the remaining matches. We got some exciting players in the squad, couple of good signings. And for me to be first time part of Daredevils, I am really excited,� he said. On their match against defending champions CSK, Jayawardene said that his team will have to keep Mahendra Singh Dhoni�s batsmen under tight leash.

�Obviously they are the defending champions and they have got a really good group of players. We just need to make sure that we are able to control their batting line-up which is their strong point. We need to come up with some plans and execute them during the game.