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IPL 2014: Eric Simmons looking forward to work with Gary Kirsten

Eric Simmons (left) was the former bowling coach of the Indian team ©
Eric Simmons (left) was the former bowling coach of the Indian team © AFP

Feb 16, 2014

Delhi Daredevils’ assistant coach Eric Simmons is looking forward to team up with Gary Kirsten in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), as the franchise eyes fresh start with new set of players in the upcoming season.

Delhi roped in the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Murali Vijay, Ross Taylor and Dinesh Karthik during the IPL 2014 auction held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13, as they revamped majority of their side, which began with the appointment of Kirsten as the head coach in September 2013.

Simmons, previously the head coach of the IPL franchise, revealed to the Indian Express that he was instrumental in bringing former India coach Kirsten to the Delhi Daredevils‘ (DD) coaching fold, and added that he has a great working relationship with the former South African cricketer.

Simmons said, “I think relationships are very important in the cricketing sphere and my relationship with Gary has always been very good. I think designations are irrelevant in the sense of how it works. Gary is the head coach and he will take the big calls, and I’m there to support him. It’s how it functions. We don’t have an ego in this job and that is one of the reasons we work well together. [It] certainly puts things into perspective about who I want to work with. We complement each other well in terms of personality and thinking.”

Simmons and Kirsten have had successful stint in India. Alongwith Paddy Upton, the famous South African mental conditioning coach, they formed a winning combination that played a major role in India’s World Cup triumph in 2011.

Upton, who is now with the Rajasthan Royals, is not likely to leave the job as the IPL side has flourished under him and Rahul Dravid, feels Simmons.

Simmons said, “I don’t think there’s any chance of him joining DD. Paddy’s had a very successful run with Rajasthan Royals (RR). He’s an integral part of that organisation and I think that’s good for him. That’s where he has found a niche for himself. He has done very well. Obviously we will always have a great relationship.”

Talking about the IPL spot-fixing and betting scandal 2013, Simmons referred to what Brendon McCullum said sometime ago.

“I think Brendon McCullum was asked a similar question and his answer was perhaps the best — ‘We move to our play-stations…we just do our job.’ Administrators take care of them [controversies]. It’s a genuine answer that I can give. What happens, happens and we will find out.”

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