NEW DELHI, April 3 (IANS): Delhi Daredevils� head coach Gary Kirsten said on Friday he wanted Yuvraj Singh in the team because of his great rapport with him during his tenure as the Indian cricket team boss. He also said the flamboyant all-rounder was motivated more than ever to perform in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
�I had a great experience working with Yuvraj in the Indian team,� Kirsten was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
�He is fit as he has ever been. For me, I really wanted him in this team as he is from this part of the world. I don�t think there is a guy more motivated than Yuvraj.�
On the appointment of South African Jean Paul Duminy as the team�s captain, the World Cup-winning former India coach said that the left-hander has leadership credentials.
�JP is a fantastic human being,� Kirsten said of his compatriot.
�He has already started captaining South African T20 team. We wanted continuity as he has played for the franchise and knows a lot of Indian players. It was a natural choice. He has got good leadership credentials.�
Kirsten also admitted he was up to the task of managing an IPL side last year when Delhi finished at the bottom of the eight-team tournament.
Not having settled unit is a
New Delhi, April 3 (PTI): Delhi Daredevils, over the past two seasons, have shown a penchant for starting with a fresh team but the idea has its own pitfalls as one doesn�t know what is the best combination unlike some of the other settled teams, feels newly appointed captain JP Duminy.
DD�s best performer last season, Duminy was honest enough to admit that they played pretty lousy cricket and the biggest challenge will be to find what combination works for the team instantly.
�Obviously, last season, we were very bad in a lot of areas. This season, we want to rectify that. I am pretty excited with calibre of players we have this season. We have to figure out, how we go about first up as its a little disadvantage for us trying to figure out combination,� the skipper said after turning up in a practice game at Palam ground here today.
Duminy said that it is a �disadvantage� as some of the other teams are �well settled and structured�.