New Delhi:Indian Premier League may not have pleased the purists but has clearly blurred borders and thrown up scenarios where Glenn McGrath is teaching Pradeep Sangwan tricks to tame Aussie batsmen while A B de Villiers shares first hand knowledge on how to blunt Dale Steyn.
A peep into the Delhi Daredevils' practice reveals a new world altogether, where nationalities take a backseat and the motley crew of players go into a huddle and sweat under the harsh sun as they prepare to take on Bangalore Royal Challenge in their next IPL encounter tomorrow.
Former pacer and a key cog in Daredevils think-tank T A Sekar could not praise McGrath enough when he talked about his influence in the side.
"He is always there to help the youngsters. He is talking to (V) Yomahesh, Sangwan and even (Sri Lankan pacer) Ferveez Maharoof. If you saw the last match, you would remember how McGrath was trying to cool Maharoof who was getting some stick.
"All in all, it has been a learning experience for the youngsters in the side and it's up to the lads to make the most of the opportunity," Sekar, who has shaped many a bowling career during his stint at the MRF Pace Foundation, said here today.
Rajat Bhatia came forward to vouch for McGrath's assistance and said, "It has been a great experience. He is such a great guy. There are plenty of things you can learn from him and it's not just about bowling but also your attitude and temperament."
The Delhi side has been bolstered by the arrival of South African's de Villiers, who is looking forward to facing compatriot Steyn who would be donning Bangalore Royal Challengers' jersey tomorrow. "Not only him, guys like (Jacques) Kallis and (Mark) Boucher are good friends of mine," he said.
Asked if he would share some of the dressing room secrets to help the Delhi players tame the South Africans, de Villiers said, "Of course. I'm more than willing to discuss the strength and weaknesses of the South African players. I would love to do everything that gives us an edge." "That's the beauty of the tournament," Sekar added.
Joining the squad after playing the Pro20 tournament back home, de Villiers said he has been in good nick throughout the tournament and that should stand him in good stead.
"I have been consistent there and now I'm looking forward to win a few matches for the Daredevils," he said.
Though he had been playing the Pro20 tournament back home, de Villiers said he followed IPL.
"It's an interesting tournament and I guess the key would be to do the basics right." Asked which team looked most formidable in the tournament, de Villiers said, "I think Jaipur (Rajasthan Royals) look an improved side after Graeme (Smith) joined the squad. But Chennai (Super Kings) has won four out of four and I think they are the team to beat."