`Deccan Chargers keen to win more matches before home crowd`

Hyderabad: Deccan Chargers Hyderabad team is keen on winning more matches in the upcoming fourth edition of the Indian Premier League before the home crowd here, coach Darren Lehmann said on Tuesday.

"With regard to the number of winning games before the home crowd ... We will change that this year. We will play well here and try to win more games here," Lehmann told reporters on the sidelines of a function.

"We want to win more games here because it will help in bringing more crowds to the stadium and we will get more support as there had been no World Cup matches in Hyderabad this year. We hope to put much better performance before the home crowd this year," he said.

Deccan Chargers, who finished last in the inaugural season of the IPL but emerged champions in IPL-II, will play seven matches at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Uppal this year.

The Chargers, who begin their campaign on April 9 with a match against Rajasthan Royals, had not won many games before the home crowd in the earlier editions of the IPL.

Responding to queries, Lehmann said Sri Lankan team captain Kumar Sangakkara, who will lead the Deccan Chargers this season, is a fantastic player and one of the best batsmen in the world.

"As a leader he (Sangakkara) did a great job for Sri Lanka (in the recently concluded World cup) and we expect that experience comes in good for Deccan Chargers also."

Asked on the most challenging team to face in the IPL this time, Lehmann said, "Every team is going to be tough. It`s going to be a really tough competition this time around."

"I think we really have got some exciting young players. We are looking forward to all our players to play well in the tournament and to put up a good show with both bat and ball," Lehmann added.

PTI