Delhi Daredevils Missed Leader in Bowling Attack in Nathan Coulter-Nile's absence, Says Eric Simmons

Delhi Daredevils' bowling coach Eric Simmons bemoaned the team's listless performance in the ongoing edition of the IPL that could see them finish right at the bottom of the table.

updated: May 18, 2014 21:19 IST
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New Delhi: Under-fire after a shoddy performance by his team's bowlers, Delhi Daredevils bowling coach Eric Simons admitted that the team lacked a "leader in the bowoing attack" in the absence of Nathan Coulter-Nile.

"Losing someone like Nathan has been a massive blow. He was an Aussie and would have that aggressive streak in him. We probably lacked a leader in the bowling attack, who could bowl in certain areas and dominate in the Powerplays," Simons tried to justify the reasons for the team's likely last-place finish in the seventh edition of the cash-rich league.

"Actually, we haven't played with the confidence that some of the other teams have played. We have given too many runs at the death and have dropped catches. As a unit, we didn't function well," said the former India bowling coach, under whose tutelege the team had finished seventh last season.

Simons didn't agree to the opinion about Mohammed Shami's tremendous workload during the last international season which might have affected his performance.

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