Simons warns Delhi against Chennai's revival

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Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 16:03 [IST]
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Delhi coach Simons wary of CSK's ability

Chennai, May 12: Delhi Daredevils bowling coach Eric Simons urged his side to guard against complacency when they  take on defending champions Chennai Super Kings in their IPL 5 clash at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai.

While the Super Kings are on fifth position with 13 points, Simons feels that MS Dhoni and Co will strike hard to make it to the play-offs.

"The higher you are on the table, the more freedom the opposition takes against you. They will take more chances. Not just in that perspective, but CSK is a very good side. They are full of quality and will take a lot of chances. So they will be particularly dangerous in the game tomorrow," Simmons said.

Praising Australia's opener David Warner, who came in replacing Kevin Pietersen, Simons said, "I think understanding the personality of cricketers is crucial when you put in together a team. Based on that, one has to work a strategy and make a plan. Both batsmen like to hit the ball out of the ground regularly. But it is different the way they hit and the areas they score those runs.

"The way Warner got those runs particularly against Deccan Chargers I think he has blended in well and early. Hopefully, he keeps going like this in the tournament," the former India bowling coach said.

Simons said the bowling attack have to come up with certain strategies to contain the dangerous batting line-up of CSK.

"We got to seek answers from his Morne(Morkel). But that's one of the great things about IPL when international teammates playing against each other and in this case international brother's playing against each other. I think it's very important to take your chances. You got to plan and execute those strategies.

"If the batsmen still scores runs against you, there is nothing much you can do about it. Not just Albie, but Super Kings have a good potential in their batting line-up. So we will have to come up with strategies and try to execute them. We have our work out."

With Pietersen gone and Ross Taylor injured, Naman Ojha was sent up the order, who made a useful contribution in the middle in their comprehensive win over Deccan Chargers.

"That is part of balancing. With Kevin not with us and Ross Taylor not being in the bed for a couple of days, we decided to change the balance of the team to make sure we had a solid middle order.

"When it comes to T20 cricket, it's not about positions, but the number of overs you bat. So if you are batting at number three and your openers have batted till the 18th over, it's better to have somebody who can hit sixes straightaway" said the South African.

Simons was also pleased with the comeback of young pacer Varun Aaron, "I'm pleased with the way he has shaped up. It's not easy to come back and bowl as good as one can. In the first two games, he bowled well but he will only get better. He bowled with pace and control. You just can't have pace but you need control as well. He is an intelligent cricketer and understands the game."


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