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Sehwag, Taylor fit for play-off, confirms Simons

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Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 17:32 [IST]
 
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Sehwag, Taylor fit for play-off: Simons

Pune, May 22: Delhi Daredevils head coach Eric Simons said that skipper Virender Sehwag and New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor have recovered from flu and will be playing in the play-off match 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 said on the eve of his team's match on Monday.

Delhi have been the most balanced and consistent side in this season's league stages, but insisted there is no match when the two sides battle it out for a place in the finals. Citing the example of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Deccan Chargers tie, "It is rewarding that we have finished on top, but in Twnety20 you don't really get a platform. The match between RCB 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.

Simons lauded the rise of young Indian pacers Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron, who have evolved as cricketers in the past one year, which has also contributed to the team's success this season.

"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." Simons said.

The Former Indian bowling coach also praised Opposition captain Gautam Gambhir and spin sensation Sunil Narine. "KKR have been a consistent side in the league stages. Obviously Gautam has batted well and Narine has bowled well for them. But there have been a few others who have made significant contributions. We respect each and every player in their side. They have had the ability to put opposition under pressure."

The nature of the Pune track may not favour batsmen but Simons isn't too concerned about how the pitch will behave."We have been told that it will be a fresh wicket and [one] which hasn't been used recently. We will have a look at the wicket. The main thing for each bowler will be to find their right area," the former South African pacer said.

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