Ross Taylor will be available from fourth match: Sehwag

Updated: 29 March 2012 20:07 IST

Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag confirmed on Thursday that injured New Zealand captain Ross Taylor will be available from the fourth match of the Indian Premier League.

Ross Taylor will be available from fourth match: Sehwag

Jhajjar (Haryana):

Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag confirmed on Thursday that injured New Zealand captain Ross Taylor will be available from the fourth match of the Indian Premier League.

"Ross won't be available for the first three matches but he will be available from the fourth match onwards. As for David Warner, we won't get his services for the first 10 games and Kevin Pietersen will be available in the middle," the skipper told mediapersons after the team's training session at his academy ground on Thursday.

Taylor is thus expected to play Daredevils' home match against Deccan Chargers on April 19.

The nature of the Feroz Shah Kotla pitch hasn't exactly been conducive for Twenty20 cricket and the skipper said that groundsmen are working hard to produce a good strip.

"The emphasis (is) on preparing a good wicket with even bounce which will give us suitable advantage," Sehwag said.

When someone asked whether he would use the much talked about "rotation policy", pat came the reply, "For this tournament? No, until someone is unavailable or unfit."

Sehwag wasn't forthcoming when asked about his return to the national fold stating that his "current focus is on IPL" and also refused to name a clear favourite to win the title.

"It's difficult to predict a favourite in this format. All teams have done a lot of homework and worked on their strengths. For us, the endeavour would be (to) do better but it all depends on how you perform on that particular day."

The 'Nawab of Najafgarh' hoped that his pace attack comprising Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will pose a few problems for the opposition sides.

"Ours is a side which has a blend of youth and experience. The IPL has always proved to be a good platform for younger players to make a mark. The likes of Umesh, Yusuf, Ravindra Jadeja got rewarded for their performance in IPL. Hopefully, we will unearth a new talent who would do well for us."

Sehwag also didn't buy the argument that Dardevils don't have a potent spin-attack.

"We have Van der Merwe (Roloef) and Nadeem (Shahbaz) who are good bowlers. We also have have Pawan Negi. I am fit to bowl but I don't think the team would require my magic arm," he said.

Asked if he would be ready to bat down the order if the situation demands, Sehwag replied with a wry smile, "My position in this team is fixed."

Topics : Pakistan New Zealand Indian Premier League 2012 Ross Taylor Virender Sehwag Cricket Delhi Daredevils
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