Bought for a whopping 900,000 US dollars at January’s player auction, Deccan Chargers recruit Daniel Christian is looking forward to repaying the faith shown in him when the former champions face the Mumbai Indians in Sunday’s Indian Premier League clash.
The Australian all-rounder has performed consistently well for his adopted team across the IPL thus far, but would like to increase his rate of contribution against Mumbai and beyond.
Christian landed some superbly economical figures in last week’s win over Bangalore and then banged a quickfire knock of 30 as Deccan beat the Kings XI Punjab in Hyderabad. His livewire fielding, in the interim, has saved Deccan plenty of runs across the Twenty20 tournament thus far.
“Being an all-rounder, I’d like to contribute with the bat, the ball and in the field. Hopefully all three at the same time. But I am pretty realistic. I can’t do that in every game. I’d like to try and win as many games as I can for the team,” he was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chargers’ official website.
While Deccan currently sit third last in the 10-team standings, the 27-year-old Christian is confident their star-studded line-up will soon have the franchise sitting pretty toward the top of the log.
“We’ve got a fantastic team filled with guys who have got loads of international experience. Kumar Sangakkara, Dale Steyn, JP Duminy, Cameron White – they’ll get us there,” he added.
Meanwhile, Deccan Chargers fast bowler Steyn is adamant of his approach against Mumbai. While plenty of seamers enjoy opting for varying their pace and wouldn’t dare bowl a bouncer in low, slow sub-continental conditions, the South African right-armer seems to be cut from a different cloth.
“I want to run in and bowl as quick as I can in the right areas. I want to knock over a few stumps and get a few balls whizzing past the ears of opposition batsmen as I give my 100 percent,” concluded Steyn. Cricket365