Their move to bench Morne Morkel raised quite a few eyebrows but Delhi Daredevils skipper Virender Sehwag today said that it was the injury to Irfan Pathan that forced them to change the team combination ahead of IPL's qualifier II against Chennai Super Kings.
"Yes, we missed Morne Morkel, unfortunately (Irfan) Pathan got injured and (we) had to maintain the balance," Sehwag said after Daredevils were knocked out of the tournament after an 86-run defeat here.
Morkel is the Orange Cap holder for taking the maximum number of wickets in IPL-V. Pathan could not recover from the hand injury he suffered in the Qualifier I against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Chennai rode on Murali Vijay's 58-ball 113 to pile up an imposing 222 for five and take the game away from Delhi. Sehwag conceded that Vijay took the game away from them. "The way Vijay played, he took the game away from us, then they have a good batting line-up and it took it away. It was a good pitch and you could score 180 was chaseable, but 40 more runs was going to be difficult to chase," Sehwag said.
The Daredevils skipper led the team pretty well in the tournament, finishing the league stage at the top of the table.
"Lot of positives, not expected us to end number one after the league, thanks to the owners for backing us, we will try and come back hard in the Champions League," he said.