Sanju: 'Youngsters learn a lot from Rahul Sir'

After Delhi Daredevils's seven-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Sanju Samson discusses, among other things, his form, his team's form and Rahul Dravid.

Sanju Samson helped Delhi Daredevils score 160 with a 38-ball 60.   -  AFP

Delhi Daredevils's Sanju Samson said his team needed to believe that it can perform better in remaining matches of the Indian Premier League.

After DD's seven-wicket defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens here on Friday, Sanju said the four consecutive losses should not put his team under pressure.

“In a sport like cricket, failure is more (likely a result) than success. As a sportsperson, we know how to come back from failure. We need to keep going. Life also has a lot of failures and we have doubts. We need to have the faith and belief. We need to go with a positive mindset. We would love to challenge ourselves and move positively,” said Sanju in the post-match press conference.

On DD's inability to put up a bigger score despite getting a good start, Sanju said, “We need pressure to perform in tough situations. There's pressure, but we can use it in a positive way and perform. We are youngsters but have been playing in IPL for four to five years. We have enough experience to make the team win.”

Sanju said DD players could not have got a better team management, comprising mentor Rahul Dravid and captain Zaheer Khan. “We get very emotional when we think of the match as we are supported so much (by the management). Despite getting such an opportunity, we are not able to win. It's a strange feeling that we are not able to make it count.

“Each and every youngster is lucky to be part of this team. Most of our players are under-25. Being with Rahul Sir, the youngsters learn a lot. He always backs us. We just want to perform and win matches for him.”

Asked why he was not being able to convert his starts with the bat, Sanju said, “I'm still learning. I'm 22 years old, there's a lot more in my career ahead. I need to finish games and need to play 20 overs. Whenever you play 20 overs, the team has best chance to win. Hope, I will learn soon.”