Rahul excited to be part of Delhi Daredevils

The leg-spinner said he couldn’t wait to join forces with Simons and help Delhi recover after the disappointment of finishing last in 2013.

New Delhi: When Delhi Daredevils decided to pay Rs 1.90 crore for leg-spinner Rahul Sharma at the Indian Premier League auction in February, quite a few eyebrows were raised. But assistant coach Eric Simons said that having worked with the tweaker during his tenure as India bowling coach, he was aware of Rahul’s talent and felt he could be crucial to Delhi’s prospects in the seventh edition of the IPL.

Rahul said he couldn’t wait to join forces with Simons and help Delhi recover after the disappointment of finishing last in 2013, especially as the coach has faith in his abilities.

“I can’t wait to train under Simons sir again. He was the coach when I was first picked for the Indian team. It will be easier for me to settle in the Delhi side, after playing for Pune Warriors India in the last few years. It always helps when the support staff has faith in your abilities."

"I am waiting to learn from Gary sir as well. Unfortunately, he wasn’t the coach when I joined the Indian team, but I am eager now,” Rahul told MAIL TODAY.

“Also, I think we have a good mix of youth and experience this time round and my only aim will be to fulfill the requirements of the team and ensure we can bring a smile on the face of the fans at the end of the season.”

While spinners tend to prefer saving runs in the shortest format of the game, Rahul feels being aggressive is the way to go in any format. “The batsmen are looking to hit you, so might as well go on the attack rather than look to save runs. By being aggressive, you can intimidate the opposition batsmen to an extent. This was a lesson that Adam Gilchrist taught me in my first season in the IPL,” the 27-year-old revealed.

With the BCCI deciding that the IPL is set to be played in UAE, Bangladesh and India, it is believed that spinners will have a big role to play. But Rahul thinks differently.

“You have to realise that the wickets in the T20 format are more often than not prepared to suit the batsmen. A spinner doesn’t get enough time to use the rough. So I don’t think the wickets will matter much. But yes, spinners always have an integral role to play in the shortest format of the game and it won’t be any different this time,” he signed off.

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