Delhi Daredevils have claimed only 18 wickets in five matches so far this IPL season.

Daredevils’ new ball bowler Mohammad Shami, who has managed only three wickets in five matches, admitted that the bowlers needed to raise their performance.

“We are a little short in the death overs. We are trying to bowl well in the death overs and make the best use of the new ball.

“If we keep the opposition down to 130-140, it will be good for the team,” said Shami, after Daredevils’ practice session at the Palam ground here on Wednesday.

Comparing his roles in the Indian team and with the Daredevils, Shami said he was trying to improve on his performance in the shortest format of the game.

“In the Indian team, Bhuvi [Bhuvneshwar Kumar] keeps one end tight, and that helps me — I attack and work on my strengths. It becomes a little easier,” Shami said.

“Here, the situation is different because of the T20 format — [there are other factors like] who will bowl from the other end, what will be the change, etc.

“The team is new and we are trying to get our combinations right. Nadeem is bowling well [from one end]. So, I will have to bowl the new ball better.”

Shami said he was keen to utilise the words of wisdom offered to him by some former fast bowlers.

“Senior bowlers have advised me to maintain my line and length, and do not let the pace come down. That is my main focus. I will try to get rid of my weaknesses and become better. It will help me and my country,” he said.

The Bengal speedster said he was enjoying the company of coach Gary Kirsten and captain Kevin Pietersen.

“I am working with these guys [Kirsten and his coaching staff] for the first time. They guide us well and do not put much pressure.

“They read the players well and act accordingly. I feel good working with them and will try to learn a few things from them,” he said.

“Pietersen is positive and aggressive. The captain and vice-captain are trying to take the team forward and raise the intensity,” he said.

Shami said he was confident that DD — which has four points from two wins and three defeats in the West Asian leg of the tournament — would be better prepared for the forthcoming matches and aim for better results.