Taylor wants to bat at No. 4 or 5 for Daredevils

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Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 13:53 [IST]
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I'm 95 percent fit, says Ross Taylor

New Delhi, Apr 14: New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor feels his ideal batting position in a twenty20 would be the number 4 or 5 slot. Regarded as one of the best finishers in the format, Taylor is set to play for the Delhi Daredevils.

"I can bat at any position but ideally, I like the No. 4 or 5 slot in a batting line-up. That gives you a chance to finish matches. I have batted there for Rajasthan and would prefer doing that for Delhi Daredevils too," the New Zealand skipper, who is recovering after his wrist surgery, said during a media interaction at the Feroz Shah Kotla here on Friday.

Asked about his fitness, Taylor said he is 95 percent fit.

"A bit of stiffness is there. I had my stitches taken off on Thursday and I am really happy to be here. I believe the surgery helped. As of now, I am available for the Mumbai Indians match but it depends on the team management," Taylor said.

Taylor played for Rajasthan Royals earlier, but was transferred to Daredevils during the IPL 5 auction, when asked if he expected the transfer, he said, "You have got to ask Rajasthan Royals that."

With the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene in the squad, Taylor will have to face stiff competition to find a place in the squad.

"I feel it is good to have competition. I am happy that there are four to five players fighting out for one slot rather than having four automatic choice overseas players."

Taylor feels he can gain leadership qualities from Jayawardene and Sehwag, "Mahela is already famous for his captaincy and it will be nice working with Viru and Mahela. Interacting with them will certainly help considering I am new to international captaincy," Taylor said.

Taylor feels the IPL will help prepare for the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

"Spin becomes lot more prevalent in these conditions and we will gain a lot of experience. However I am not really thinking about our Test series against India in August. Right now, the focus is on IPL."

Competition looks fierce after 10 days of intense T20 cricket in the IPL, but Taylor likes it that way. "Even last year, there were atleast six teams who were vying for four slots during the last leg and it's good competition," Taylor said.


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