Daredevils to strengthen spin bowling department against RCB

Updated: 03 April 2010 13:21 IST

Delhi Daredevils could strengthen the spin bowling department by fielding Daniel Vettori in their Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Sunday.

Daredevils to strengthen spin bowling department against RCB

New Delhi:

Considering the strong batting line-up of Royal Challengers Bangalore and the slow track at Ferozeshah Kotla, Delhi Daredevils could strengthen the spin bowling department by fielding Daniel Vettori in their Indian Premier League match in New Delhi on Sunday.

Daredevils bowling coach Eric Simons said Bangalore possess one of the strong batting line-ups in IPL III and his side could consider left-arm spinner and New Zealand captain Vettori on Sunday.

This could mean that Daredevils play with two spinners, the other being Amit Mishra who had been the lone spinner in the playing eleven.

"It has been 48 hours since (Daniel) Vettori has arrived. He would be considered for the match tomorrow. Royal Challengers Bangalore have one of the best batting line-ups in IPL III and we have to have plans and strategies in place," Simons said at the team practice session in the capital.

Simons, also the bowling coach of Team India for next month's Twenty20 World Cup, ruled out Ashish Nehra for Sunday's encounter though he said the left-arm pacer is near full recovery from his rib cage injury.

"He is very near to full recovery but he won't play tomorrow. He is now bowling near his full pace but we cannot risk him by fielding in tomorrow's match," said the South African.

Asked about how to deal with Bangalore captain Anil Kumble who have been in good touch, Simons said, "Kumble is a unique bowler with a lot of experience. He has the variations in bowling and we have to see the video footages and strategies how to play him."

Simons felt that a big knock is due from captain Gautam Gambhir though he did not come up with a half century even after playing for 17 overs against Rajasthan Royals in their last match in Delhi.

"He could not score big in that match but you have to play according to the situation. He was playing according to the situation and I think a big knock is due from him," he said.

The South African said Twenty20 game is evolving even during this IPL with new strategies and each team trying to be one step ahead of the other.

"The game is evolving even during this IPL and you have to keep your team one step ahead of other. You have to have Plan A, B and C. Analyse the game of other teams."

Simons said all the countries are watching the IPL with keen interest and analysing the performance of their players for the Twenty20 World Cup next month in the West Indies.

"All the countries must be watching IPL as their players for next month's Twenty20 World Cup are playing here. They are analysing the performance of their players, their strengths and weaknesses and how they can be used in the Twenty20 World Cup," he said.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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