IPL 2012: Delhi coach Eric Simmons emphasises importance of building parternships

Eric Simmons said that Delhi Daredevils are well prepared for the playoffs matches Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

New Delhi: May 19, 2012

Delhi Daredevils coach Eric Simmons on Friday revealed that for his team planning the innings according to overs garners more priority than the batting position of the players.

“In our team we don t talk about batting in positions but we talk about batting in overs,” he said.

After the defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday night, Simmons felt his team had a chance if one more partnership was stitched top of the order.

Simmons heaped praised on West Indian Andre Russel whose fireworks at the end gave a glimmer of hope for the Daredevils to stage a comeback.

Referring to Russel s exploits Simmons said, “I think what excites me is in these tournament some of our coaches get to learn a lot about our players. And what I saw in him was not only his hard hitting ability but he seemed like a batsman who can also bat up the order. He certainly adds a new dimension and gives us something to think for the selection process.”

The Delhi coach was happy with Ross Taylor regaining form ahead of the playoffs stage. “For a player of his quality it just takes that moment what can be called fortunate kick starts you. He never lost his talent and that is another job of the coaches, you don t become a bad player overnight, you just have to find the way to unlock it,” Simmons was quoted as saying by the official website of Delhi Daredevils.

Simmons also defended young left-arm spinner Pawan Negi after Chris Gayle smashed him all over the park on Thursday. “He should take a lot of positives from it. You have to be tough in T20 if you are a bowler and you need to learn a lot of lessons the hard way. An inning like that and a batsman like that in the world of T20 at this moment is a wishful face.

“One of the problems in T20 is people look at the scores and not look at the actual way in which players bowled. We try to look where the bowlers bowled, did the bowlers stick to the plans and if they did that we have to congratulate them,” said Simmons.

Delhi end their league phase with game against Kings XI Punjab at Dharamsala, who are desperate to notch a win to remain in contention for a playoffs berth.

“As a coach I would want the team to be switched on when the playoffs starts. Because having the right mindset is what this game is all about, this is what coaching is all about. As we are dealing with some real professionals in our setup, I have absolutely no doubt that we are there and we are ready to do it,” he said.

Punjab, in their previous game at the same venue went ahead with a seamer-friendly track which rattled the visiting Chennai team. Simmons however said it didn t bother him much as they are ready to face the challenge.

“I think that track was specifically made for the CSK game as Kings XI wanted their swing bowlers to come into play and to some extent neutralise the spin ability of the Super Kings bowlers. Not sure if we will get that kind of wickets. I still think it s a good wicket and we are up for a good competition,” concluded an upbeat Simmons.