IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians’ Lendl Simmons credits Robin Singh for return to form
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IPL 2017: Mumbai Indians’ Lendl Simmons credits Robin Singh for return to form

Lendl Simmons praised the hard work done by Mumbai Indians assistant coach Robin Singh in his preparation during the ongoing IPL 2017 season

ipl 2017 Updated: May 07, 2017 13:26 IST
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Mumbai Indians' Lendl Simmons plays a shot during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match against Delhi Daredevils in New Delhi on Saturday.(AP)

Having not played for a while and out of form as well, Lendl Simmons struck the right cords on Saturday against Delhi Daredevils. He set the platform for Mumbai Indians with his well crafted 66. (IPL 2017 FULL COVERAGE)

While there were nerves early on, Simmons’ preparation at the nets helped him overcome that phase. (IPL 2017 SCHEDULE)

“There was no pressure. It was just that I hadn’t played couple of games and I knew I just had to wait for my opportunity and just be ready. So I have been preparing accordingly, doing gym and keeping my fitness up and I made use of it,” said Man of the match Simmons.

Before playing his debut game in this season of the IPL against Delhi, Simmons had a disastrous T20 series against Paksitan back home in the West Indies.

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The reason he gave for his failures seemed to make sense. “Well against Pakistan I didn’t open the batting, that is one thing and secondly, playing in India, wickets are very good and I enjoy batting in india,” he said.

With Jos Buttler being dropped from the opening slot, it was important for Simmons to have some runs under his belt. MI have made the playoffs. Buttler is going to be back in England soon. So it was a test for Simmons.

“Yeah, I have been out of form for four months and I needed a score in front of my name. It was important for me to score going into playoffs. Happy that the innings is good for my confidence,” he said.

On his batting, Simmons said that improvisation was the need of the hour to break Delhi’s bowling momentum.

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“Yes, it was important to improvise and also important not to lose my wicket. Zak is a very good bowler and I made sure not to lose my head against him.

“So I had to pick my bowlers and it was just a matter of momentum and rotating the strike. Further, it was important to reach the pitch of the ball and once I began to reach, I teed off,” Simmons said.

Simmons praised the hard work done by MI assistant coach Robin Singh in his preparation.

“Even though I am not playing I still get opportunity to bat in the nets. After practice I get extra batting. MI supporting staff has been really good, especially Robin, who helps me with my game and technique and getting back to India is always special as I get good wickets,” Simmons signed off.

First Published: May 07, 2017 10:37 IST