Tahir hopes to change DD fortunes

On the benign pitches of Bangladesh, South Africa strode into the World T20 semifinals with Imran Tahir playing a substantial role. 

Nearly two months later, Tahir who has been rather successful on the domestic circuit, earned his maiden IPL call. Roped in midway by a struggling Delhi Daredevils, the Pakistan-origin leggie would be expected to make a difference to the team’s weak bowling department.

Stepping in place of the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tahir exuded confidence in Daredevils’ improved performance in their remaining six matches.

“The team hasn’t been doing well but I hope that I can do something. We have been working hard and that is there for everyone to see but sometimes things don’t go your way. Even if we can win four of the remaining six matches we can be justified,” Tahir told reporters on Thursday.

The ongoing edition has seen spinners playing a crucial role.

”Spinners play a key role in any tournament. It is a bit difficult for the leg-spinner though, as it is a little hard to be accurate as compared to finger or left-arm spinners. The wicket at the Fersozeshah Kotla usually suits spinners and I hope to come good this time too.

“I have not bowled in the powerplays but if the captain asks me to, and if the team requires, then I will find a way to bowl in those overs. Otherwise, I prefer bowling after six overs.  The wickets here look similar to Bangladesh, so I think that the experience will help me,” said Tahir, who would be turning out for his 25th team.Tahir, who had an extended chat with legendary spinner Shane Warne in Bangladesh, appreciated the Australian’s gesture but maintained it was former Pakistan leggie Abdul Qadir whom he turns to for advice.

“I have always gone to Abdul Qadir for advice. I have learned quite a bit from him because my bowling style matches his to some extent,” he said.

“Warne spoke to me more about the basics like grip. I am (a) different bowler from him. One good piece of advice from him was that he didn’t ask me to change anything. 

“He spoke to me about the importance of having mental strength – like not letting the batsmen know how he has affected you after he has hit you.”

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