IPL will help prepare for World T20: Collingwood

Updated: 28 March 2010 14:59 IST

England T20 skipper Paul Collingwood on Sunday said his stint in IPL 3 will boost his preparation for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

IPL will help prepare for World T20: Collingwood

New Delhi:

Back in the Delhi Daredevils side after doing national duty in Bangladesh, England T20 skipper Paul Collingwood on Sunday said his stint in IPL 3 will boost his preparation for next month's Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

"I am raring to go. It's a great opportunity to get back into Twenty20 mode. We have a World Cup coming up in West Indies and I am the skipper of the Twenty20 squad. So it is great chance to work on the mental aspect of the game and prepare for the event," Collingwood told reporters here.

Notwithstanding the three-game loss on the trot, Collingwood feels Delhi Daredevils still have a chance to make it to the semifinals and said he will contribute his bit to boost the middle-order if he plays on Monday.

"I wouldn't say we are in a bad position. Yes, we have lost three games but there is lot of confidence in the team after the last win. A few more wins and we will peak at the right time. I feel we still have a great chance to make it to the semis," Collingwood said.

"I don't think we have any mental block playing here. IPL involves travelling and playing in different pitches and its all about adjusting to the different conditions. You never know how will a wicket going to play.

"I have not played a single match yet. Hopefully I will play tomorrow and will try to boost the middle over. I have done something similar in Bangladesh playing for England and so my role will be similar. I am looking forward to playing in the tournament," he added.

Collingwood said Kolkata Knight Riders have some dangerous players and it would be a tough match on Monday.

"They have some dangerous players. (Chris) Gayle is their number one batsman and its is important to get him early. They also have a match winner in Shane Bond. It is a difficult match.

"But we also have some good players in (Virender) Sehwag, (David) Warner, (Dinesh) Karthik. Everybody is in good spirit and we look to carry on the good momentum," he said.

Asked if more foreign players should be allowed to include in the playing eleven, Collingwood said it will mean the local players will miss out.

"If more foreign players are allowed to participate in the playing XI, it will make the game more exciting but then the local players will miss out. IPL gives a chance to the Indian players to experience the pressure situation and evolve as a player," he said.



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