Just-arrived Royal Challenger Bangalore batsman Ross Taylor today said key players in his side are in good touch and they would look to carry on the winning momentum against Delhi Daredevils in their Indian Premier League match here tomorrow.
Taylor, who flew into the capital straight
from New Zealand this morning, said with the likes of Jacques Kallis, Virat Kohli, Kevin Pietersen and Robin Uthappa firing they would fancy their chances against Daredevils.
"Delhi are a very strong side. They have also been strengthened with Daniel Vettori joining them. This kind of slow wicket here (at Ferozeshah Kotla) will suit Vettori. But we have the winning momentum and we can win tomorrow," said Taylor, who was in good form in New Zealand's Test series against Australia.
"With Kallis, Kohli, Pietersen and Uthappa in good form we have a chance against Daredevils. It is a crucial match tomorrow as we need two or three wins to book a semifinal berth," he said.
Taylor said he considers himself to be in contention for a place in the playing eleven though he joined the squad just today.
"It was a long flight from New Zealand. I had a good Test series against Australia. I hope I can adjust to the Twenty20 format quickly. Hopefully, I will play tomorrow. I hope I can contribute my bit and add something," he said.
"Twenty20 is an exciting format and IPL is an ideal tournament in the lead up to the Twenty20 World Cup next month. I am happy to be here for IPL. I am excited to join the team," he added.
Taylor refused to be drawn into suggestions by some cricketers that fast bowler Shane Bond should return to Test cricket as New Zealand are now struggling in the pace bowling department.
"Shane is a great player. It is up to him to decide on his career. It is true we (New Zealand) need a couple of guys who bowl up 145 kmph consistently. I hope New Zealand would be having such players in a couple of years," he said of Bond, now playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, who has quit Test cricket to play in the shorter formats of the game.
Asked whether he has any plans to use a willow like the mongoose bat as being used by Chennai Super Kings' opener Matthew Hayden, Taylor joked, "I want a bat much bigger than the mongoose bat."