Daredevil Vijay Looking Forward to Start Afresh - The New Indian Express

Daredevil Vijay Looking Forward to Start Afresh

Published: 11th April 2014 08:16 AM

Last Updated: 11th April 2014 12:02 PM

Delhi Daredevils have never lived up to their name or expectations in the last few editions of the IPL. Even an iconic player like Virender Sehwag and a mentor like the legendary Viv Richards could not arrest the slide of the side.

But all the negativity could be a thing of the past as the new-look side under Kevin Pietersen oozes confidence. Their star batsman Murali Vijay, who is also India's first-choice opener in Tests, looks forward to an exciting IPL-7, wherein he believes that his team would be counted among the best line-ups. Vijay, who had been an integral part of two-time champions Chennai Super Kings, believes that his experience will come in handy. “All that has happened (poor show in previous editions) is a thing of the past. We are a new-look side and raring to go in the coming IPL,'' Vijay told TNIE.

The Delhi team has gone for a complete revamp, which means the side will take some time to settle in.  “We are having a short camp. Here we are interacting with players and in due course we will get to know each other. I am looking forward to the tournament and having some fun in the middle,'' explained the explosive batsman. Vijay says he is gradually getting into the T20 mindset. “I am having quality sessions at the nets. I am hitting the ball well and this augurs well,'' he said.

In all likelihood, he will open with South Africa’s dashing wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock. Is he prepared to open with the South African player and forge a 'left-right' partnership like he had with Matthew Hayden in CSK? “I had a great partnership with Hayden at CSK. I am not sure at the moment with whom I will open the innings. In case it is De Kock, we will try to put in our best,'' said Vijay.

Moreover, he is excited to work under Kevin Pietersen.  “It is nice to have a player like Kevin to lead the side. He is a modern great and accomplished player. He (Kevin) has just come in (joined the camp). I wish to interact with him more and get to know him better,’’ opined the Chennai lad.

With foreign players like Pietersen, Ross Taylor, De Kock, Jean Paul Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Nathan Coulter -Nile and James Neesham, they will have a problem of plenty. “I do not look at it as a problem. It is a pleasure to have these guys in the side. I see it as an excellent backup for our side,'' said Vijay, adding that his team has the right mixture of experience and youth.

Delhi's bowling, with the likes of Wayne Parnell, Mohammed Shami, Jaydev Unadkat and Rahul Sharma, has a lot of variety. “Yes, there is variety in the attack. It is important to have momentum in T20. One good over can change the course of a match in T20. So we are lucky to have a quality attack,'' signed off Vijay, insisting that his team's batting too will match the bowling.

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