Delhi Daredevils coach Eric Simons has said that Virender Sehwag and Ross Taylor have recovered from their sickness and will be available for the play-off encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders in Pune on Tuesday.
"We didn’t have an extended practice session for them. They had light practice as both were recovering from bouts of flu. We are confident that they will be fine," Simons stated on the eve of the match.
The Daredevils are sitting on top of the points table. They have been consistent since the start of the tournament, but Simons does not want his side to be complacent. He stated that the T20 cricket is so unpredictable that
nothing is confirmed.
"It is rewarding that we have finished on top, but in Twnety20 you don’t really get a platform. The match between RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] and Deccan Chargers yesterday [Sunday] showed that. There was one team that
was doing great and the other team was struggling. Yet Deccan Chargers came out on top," he said.
On his side’s winning mantra, the coach shared, "We have to be aware about where exactly we are emotionally and mentally. We have to do the basics correctly and it is important to end on the right side of the contest."
The coach expressed delight over his team’s all-round performance, but singled out Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, saying that the two youngsters have evolved as cricketers in the past couple of years.
He described, "When we left last year, we had a discussion as to how everyone needs to grow and mature as cricketers. From Morne [Morkel] and Irfan [Pathan] to Umesh [Yadav] and Varun [Aaron], everyone has improved, which has
helped the team. The best part is that we have been calm as a unit.
“We haven’t been caught up too much with what has been going around us. Our team changes have been consistent. We have had solid reasons whenever we have made changes."
The former Indian coach also said a few words of praise for the Kolkata spinner, Sunil Narine. The Delhi coach uttered that Kolkata is a dangerous side and cannot be taken lightly.