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South Africa spinner Imran Tahir has announced that he is confident his subcontinent experience will be useful when the represents the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Tahir, who was the top wicket-taker in the recent World Twenty20, was signed by the Daredevils after Australia pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
“The wickets are looking the same,” Tahir said. “Even in Bangladesh there were no spin-friendly wickets. I have that experience and it would help.
“Spinners have a main role whether [it be] in the IPL or world cricket. But it’s hard to be a leg-spinner, you have to be accurate. The Kotla wicket suits spinners, I will try to do something special.”
Even though he is not used to bowling in the powerplay, Tahir noted that he was willing to try in order to turn Delhi’s poor season around.
“I know the team is not doing well,” he said. “I want to do something for the team.
“They are working hard, [it’s] just things are not going their way. But you can’t do much about it. Destiny, too, has a role to play in it. Even if we can win four out of six games, we will be able to justify.
“I have not bowled in Powerplay but if the captain asks me then it has to be considered in the interest of the team. I would like to put myself in that situation. If not, then I would like to bowl after six overs.”
Tahir added that he is looking forward to playing alongside Quinton de Kock, Jean Paul (JP) Duminy and Wayne Parnell, all of whom are his South African team-mates.
“It is an advantage,” he said. ” They know how I play and they also know what they can to do help me as I am new in the side. I have also played against some of the Indians in England.”