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Mar 22, 2012 at 07:16pm IST

IPL5: Sunny ready to be a Daredevil

Jamshedpur: Keen to put his best foot forward in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Delhi Daredevils, off-spinner Sunny Gupta said he would give his 100 per cent if he gets selected in the playing XI.

"It is my debut in IPL and I will give 100 per cent even though it is tough to make into the playing XI. I will try my best to cement my position in the team if selected in the eleven," Sunny said.

Jharkhand lad Sunny, who plays for Tamil Nadu, managed to impress the TN selectors with his performance in the Ranji Trophy this season.

IPL5: Sunny ready to be a Daredevil

The offspinner, who comes from Jharkhand, plays for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy.

Asked about a spinner's role in the T20 format, Sunny said it depended on a cricketer, "how one can mould himself with the bat and ball".

"I strongly believe that spinners will have to adopt the fast-changing techniques, particularly after the introduction of T20 version of the game," Sunny, a product of MRF foundation, said.

Sunny, who has bagged 56 wickets in 27 first class matches with an average of 42.60, said his batting has also improved a lot ever since he joined MRF Foundation four years ago. He also appreciated the work of MRF Foundation chief coach, M Senthelnathan.

Sunny, who made his Ranji debut against Madhya Pradesh at Ranchi in 2003, has scored 430 runs with 51 being his highest in the first class domestic tournaments.

Sunny said Daredevils were a balanced side comprising of in-form batsmen and bowlers.

"The team has deep batting line-up as well as bowlers," Sunny, who was here to visit his parents before leaving for Delhi for training, said.

He also added that the team has good prospects in the fifth edition of the League with batsmen like David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor and Mahela Jayawardene, besides Sehwag, in its ranks.

Sunny's former team-mates - left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and bowling sensation Varun Aaron from Jharkhand - are also part of the Daredevils.

Admitting that he had learnt a lot from India captain MS Dhoni while representing Jharkhand, Sunny said, "Never felt uncomfortable seeking tips from Dhoni as he always came forward to help budding cricketers."

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