Simons urges Delhi to guard against complacency

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Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 12:35 [IST]
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Chargers can be dangerous, says Simons

New Delhi, Apr 19: Delhi Daredevils' coach Eric Simons feels the team should guard against complacency when they clash against the winless-Deccan Chargers at Feroze Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday.

Deccan Chargers, champions of the second edition of IPL have lost all their matches played in the fifth season and are keen on registering their first win soon in the tournament.

Coach Simons, feels any team can go through a bad phase similar to Deccan Chargers and can comeback strongly. Since it is the shortest version of the game and the fifth edition of IPL is spread across 54 days, anything can happen.

"Sometimes you get your tactics right, sometimes you get them wrong. I think for us so far its worked pretty well. Lot of what we do is concentrate on our game, sometimes you can be too clever with the opposition and have an elaborate plan that you later can't implement. We are happy with the way we are playing at the moment," said Simons at the Kotla.

Simons feels Chargers, who scored 196/2 off 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals can be a dangerous side.

"Deccan Chargers are more dangerous in this situation than anything else. We certainly won't be complacent in terms of respecting the opposition. They are a very good side, they have match winners in their team and you can see how one person can make a huge difference, so we expect a tough game," he said.

For the time-being, they are considered as under-dogs as they haven't registered a win yet in the tournament.

"I am not surprised with Nadeem's performance. I think we have worked out some good ideas for him in terms of tactics. We have always known that he had the ability. He's got the ability to drift the ball, turn the ball, his control of the length, so he's done all those things well and he's added to that the implementation of those ideas in a match situation under pressure. I believe he will go from strength to strength," he said.

Pleased with the team's batting, he said Delhi Daredevils have a versatile line-up.

"Our batting line-up has the ability to be versatile so we certainly don't want to be in a situation where the opposition can predict exactly what's coming next. As the tournament unfolds, we want to make full use of the versatility. The last few games we have chased moderate totals so we really haven't had a reason to be innovative," he said.


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