'Watson will make a big difference'

May 01, 2012, 02:32 IST | PTI

Delhi Daredevils bowling Coach Eric Simmons on Monday said the presence of Australian all-rounder Shane Watson in the Rajasthan Royals' playing XI will make a massive difference to the struggling side.

Rajasthan have lost three matches in a row, including Sunday’s thriller in Delhi, and their job to qualify for the play-offs has become quite tough.

Simmons felt Watson, who is coming to IPL V after Australia’s series against West Indies, would surely make his presence felt.

“All the Australian cricketers are good and would be important for their teams. They contribute off the field too. David Warner with his striking capabilities will make us stronger and Michael Clarke as a pure batsman for Pune Warriors but for Rajasthan Royals, Watson would make a massive difference with his all-round capabilities,” Simmons said.

“He can bat and bowl and in fact is as good as two cricketers. He also brings with him the experience, confidence and the information which would be useful for the team.”

Simmons also informed Warner would take some before joining the Daredevils. “We will have to wait for Warner as he has flown back to his country as he wanted a break to be with his family. He would be playing for us on May 7 against Kolkata Knight Riders. But I am not sure we could have included him for this match even if he was available,” he said.

Talking about the narrow victory over the Rajasthan, Simmons said: “It was a very close affair. In fact we did not win it but the Rajasthan Royals lost it. Like what Dravid said that they should have finished it earlier. Things should not be allowed to a point where one good over, a four here or a wicket there can make all the difference.”

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