Delhi`s bowling is competitive enough: Shipperd

Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011, 08:39 AM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils coach Greg Shipperd does not think that the departure of experienced leg-spinner Daniel Vettori and pacer Dirk Nannes will affect the team`s bowling strength.

The Delhi bowlers hardly looked threatening in their opener against Mumbai Indians here last night, which they lost by eight wickets, but Shipperd expected them to come good in the coming games.

The coach said the team management is pinning a lot of hope on young Indian bowlers by trying out new bunch of players before settling for the final combination.

"We are putting lots of hopes on young Indian bowlers and if you talk about bowling front based on yesterday`s match, then it showed that we are competitive. Ashok Dinda showed what he is capable of and impressed with his bowling. Umesh
Yadav is also learning quickly and bowling sensibly. Our bowling is competitive enough," Shipperd said.

"Height of Morkel on the bouncy pitches will certainly test the opposition. He is one of the world`s finest bowler.He is the one who puts pressure on any opposition on any given day. It will be a huge test for him in these Indian conditions. "Pathan`s bowling was really impressive. He is bowling well and his rhythm was good. I am sure he would take a lot of positives from last night`s match. He will be more dangerous as the tournament progresses.

"We are playing with a new bunch of players. We are gelling well as a team. It was a learning experience for some of the young team members. We are giving younger players chances right now before we consider having combinations," the coach said.

Delhi skipper Sehwag had yesterday told reporters at the post-match press conference that they are missing the services of a "world class spinner" in their squad.

"When you talk about Daniel Vettori, who was with the team for first three editions, he did not bowl that much as compared to Amit Mishra, who did the bulk of the job. Well, Daniel is a world class player who can change the dynamics of the game," he added.

Without the likes of Gautam Gambhir and Paul Collingwood this season, Delhi`s batting relies heavily on skipper Virender Sehwag and Shipperd said the swashbuckling batsman is experienced enough to shoulder the responsibility.

"Sehwag is an experienced cricketer and he is a world class player. He is a very relaxed character, a calm and composed man. He plays his game and let his bat does the talking. So there is no talk of pressure on him. Had it been 34-40 runs more on the board, we would have been in the contention to win that game against Mumbai last night," Shipperd said.

Discussions then turned to Mumbai Indians` decision to open the bowling with Harbhajan Singh, a trend that has been in vogue since the last World Cup.

"That`s a possibility but it all depends on captain. We have a couple of spinners to do that sort of job for us and we are certainly looking at that option. But whether it would be a successful move or not, that we have to see. Let`s see, the tournament has just started."

About the scheduling of the matches, which sees Delhi playing their next match against Rajasthan Royals tomorrow, only a day after their opening fixture at home, Shipperd said, "Scheduling is not a problem for me as we are never short of practice. In twenty20 cricket, you generally don`t take into account such factors."

On his batsmen`s inability to play Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga`s toe-crushing yorkers, which resulted in Delhi being shot out for a below par 95 in only 17.4 overs, the coach said, "You need to respect Malinga and his yorkers. That`s it."

PTI