New Delhi: Apr 13, 2012
A fit again Ross Taylor is confident of playing for the Delhi Daredevils during the entire fifth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season but feels the team management will have some tough decisions to make on its overseas players when Australian David Warner returns from his national duty.
New Zealand captain Taylor fractured his left arm during the third Test against South Africa. He was hit by his Daredevils team mate Morne Morkel and missed Delhi's opening three matches this season.
"I am 95 percent fit and looking forward to playing for Delhi, this will be my third different team after playing for Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the earlier editions, said Taylor after a practice session at the Feroze Shah Kotla on Friday.
"When Warner gets here from West Indies, it will be a difficult choice for the team management but the team is doing really well right now and the local players too have done well," said Taylor.
The Kiwi though thought that it was good to be spoilt for choices and would serve the team well if players were fighting for one spot.
"It's good to have 4-5 international players vying for one spot than having four automatic selections in the team," he said.
Taylor said he would be available for Daredevils' next match slated for April 16, against Mumbai Indians.
"I can play now and will be available for selection for Delhi's next game April 16, it's up to the team management from here on in," said Taylor.
Taylor recently took over the reins of captaincy for his national side and felt that playing under Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene would bode well for him as it would be a great learning experience.
"Looking forward to playing with Viru (Sehwag) and Mahela. I have the opportunity to learn some team tactics from them. It will be a good way to get ready for the Twenty20 World Cup, which will be held in Sri Lanka in September," he said.
The big hitting batsman was thankful to have recovered so quickly and felt that the surgery allowed him to make a swift comeback to cricket.
"I don't think I would have been able to play here if I didn’t have the operation. I am fortunate to have recovered so quickly in comparison to some other people."
Speaking about the popularity of the IPL in New Zealand, he said: "People back home don't know much about the IPL because it wasn't being broadcasted live and it was very difficult to get your hands on the replays as well. But this time I think it will be shown live so after two years or so I can tell you what impact it has made."(IANS)