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Simons backs Gambhir to shine for Delhi

Delhi DareDevils assistant coach Eric Simons believes new skipper Gautam Gambhir will be an exciting captain and will play a major role in the franchises attempts to win this years IPL.

Delhi DareDevils assistant coach Eric Simons believes new skipper Gautam Gambhir will be an exciting captain and will play a major role in the franchises attempts to win this years IPL.

Having reached the semi finals of the previous two IPL Simons feels Gambhir will be able to lead the DareDevils past their previous disappointments and claim the IPL crown.

"Gautam is going to be a very exciting captain. He is a very humble man but a very clear thinker as well. Captaincy is all about taking information from others and making the right decisions and he will be able to do that," Simons told Mail Today.

"I believe a team needs to peak at the right time to go all the way. We have to make sure our top players are not jaded and, hopefully, this time we can manage that."

"At the moment everyone is fit and raring to go. It is going to be an arduous six weeks of the tournament and we are hoping to keep everyone on the field. This is where the role of the backroom staff will be very important," he added.

"We had a practice match last night where one team scored 200 and the other got really close. There were a few occasions when batsmen were hitting length balls over the bowlers' heads, which I always believe to be a fair indicator of how good a pitch is.

"The surface seems kind of cold, so I think they have left some moisture on the surface which is helping it stay together. We had played on another wicket a few days ago and that had seemed slower, so it is getting better for sure".

source - cricket20.com
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