Jaipur: Delhi Daredevils coach Eric Simons on Monday said the presence of Australian allrounder Shane Watson in Rajasthan Royals` playing XI will make a massive difference to their side. Rajasthan have lost three matches in a row, including Sunday night’s thriller in Delhi, and their job to qualify for the playoffs has become quite tough.
Simons felt Watson, who is coming to IPL-5 after Australia’s series against West Indies, will surely make his presence felt. "All the Australian cricketers are good and would be important for their teams. They contribute off the field too. David Warner, with his striking capabilities, will make us stronger and Michael Clarke as a pure batsman for Pune Warriors but for Rajasthan Royals, Watson would make a massive difference with his all-round capabilities," Simons said ahead of their game at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Tuesday. He can bat and bowl and in fact is as good as two cricketers. He also brings with him the experience, confidence and the information which would be useful for the team."
Simons also informed that there is still time that Warner joins them. "We will have to wait for Warner as he has flown back to his country as he wanted a break to be with his family. He would be playing for us on May 7 against Kolkata Knight Riders. But I am not sure we could have included him for this match even if he was available," he said.
Talking about the narrow victory over Rajasthan, Simons said, "It was a very close affair. In fact we did not win it but Rajasthan Royals lost it. Like what Dravid said that they should have finished it earlier. Things should not be allowed to a point where one good over, a four here or a wicket there can make all the difference."
Heaping a lot of praise on Ajinkya Rahane, the DD coach said that he had a very good idea about the talent of the young Indian batsman. "It was his fifty against England when he played for India and there I felt he had special talent. He has the heart and in Dravid`s company he has grown in confidence. He hit a marvellous six after Morkel had turned the tide. He has good technique, sound mind and most important is the character. In the nine matches he has played in this IPL, he has shown a lot of character. He has played a lot of inside out shots over extra cover. We analyse and work out strategies for such things before the match and would do so this time too," he said.
Simons also said there is no need to chop and change just because they were on the brink of losing Sunday night’s match against Rajasthan. "We have played quite consistently and have a strong side. I don`t feel there are any particular areas we have to improve on. It is all about momentum. We could have 20 more runs on the board. We will have to win one or two more games for the playoffs. I feel CSK is the most balanced side but of late they have not played up to their potential. Kolkata and Royal Challengers [Bangalore] all have match winners in their ranks," he added.