Just a few days into his new role as Delhi Daredevils' assistant coach, Eric Simons is clear on one thing — come what may, the Daredevils will not choke in the final stages like in the past two editions.
Simons, who is also Team India's bowling coach, has identified a way out for Delhi to progress all the way — rotation. “The key is to peak at the right time and we need to find ways for that. Rotating the players will play a key role,” said Simons.
The South African, by his own admission, has got little time with the local players. “I haven't seen the local players yet. I think, after 3-4 nets, I should get an idea.”
For a team that has many international stars, it could be tough to leave out two overseas players from the six available, considering that all would be first-choice in their own national teams. “That is where the balancing act needs to be done. It is important to manage international players,” said Simons, before adding that the new skipper, Gautam Gambhir, should have no problems on this. “He's a mature and clear-thinking individual. He has got no ego and is the perfect man to lead.”
Pitch gets thumbs up
The assistant coach was all praise for the pitch. “We played a few practice games and I think the turf is perfect for T20. The ball is coming on nicely.”
A few members of the Railways team, which practised with Delhi, too seemed satisfied with the track, although there were slight concerns about it being on the slow side.