Delhi Daredevils coach Eric Simons Monday said the team was "under pressure" after losing four opening matches and now have to win a lot of games from here on. "Even after losing matches, the team's morale is good and certainly there is pressure to win."
"We are under pressure to win every game. Hope this pressure will lead us to better results. The guys got to be positive and have to work hard for tomorrow's game. That's all we can do," former bowling coach of the India team told reporters on the eve of their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Simons said it can't get any worse than losing first four matches and being placed at the bottom of the points table.
However, the team obviously was disappointed with the results, but is happy with the positive attitude of the players, he added. The absence of three key players - Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag and Morne Morkel - in initial stages was the cause for the team's current position in the points table, Simons said. "We have to get into winning habit," he added.
Asked whether the team was losing because of young Indian players not coming to the party, Simons said,"Unmukt Chand has been unlucky but Manpreet (Juneja) has come through brilliantly. Siddharth (Kaul) bowled very well. Nadeem has come back into the game. I think youngsters have done what they are expected to do," he said.
Simons said that the boys should enjoy playing under pressure. "We understand we are under pressure but if we don't enjoy pressure, then we shouldn't be here," he said. Simons said every game from now on would be must-win for Delhi and "certainly we have to be competitive and we accept that."