Indian Premier League 2010 March 7, 2010

Secure Nannes heads to Delhi

Cricinfo staff

Dirk Nannes has always felt comfortable in India and is a definite starter in the IPL tournament beginning on Friday. Nannes left Melbourne on Saturday to join Delhi Daredevils and was confident the security and safety problems would not be an issue during the event.

"I have always felt pretty good in India," Nannes said in the Sunday Herald Sun. "Security can be a bit of perception. If you feel safe, then you probably are safe. But the reality may be completely different.

"I wasn't comfortable in coming to a decision myself, but, luckily, the Australian Cricketers' Association has done a lot of investigating and has been pushing to make it a lot safer for us. They think if things keep progressing the way they are, then things will be fine from next week and the start of the tournament."

Nannes has retired from first-class action to prolong his career in the shorter formats, which includes representing Australia in Twenty20s. He has played five T20s for Australia and his left-arm fast, which can top 155kph, is a daunting prospect for batsmen as they chase boundaries.

"My body simply cannot handle playing first-class cricket," he said. "Even if I made myself available, there was no chance of me playing the last few [Sheffield Shield] games.

"I have a back issue. It's fine for playing the shorter forms, but if I was asked to bowl 17 overs one day I couldn't back up and bowl again the next day." After the IPL Nannes is hoping to be part of Australia's World Twenty20 campaign, having played in last year's tournament for the Netherlands.

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  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 13:51 GMT

    I personally like the way this fella going. An aggressive tall, fast bowler can clock 150+ Kmh. And dont forget he is the one who kept McGrath out of the 2nd edition. Further he has to change his game plan to play in India. Cheers Nanes,,,, we are waiting for see you in action.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    For me the best team played in IPL II but lost in the Semis to Gilly. They are like South Africa in losing the critical mateches.I hope to have Big Match temperament in winning them. Hope to see a Warner Viru openin & Potentially the best Pair in any form of the Game. Guti at No. 3, Dilshan at 4 & AB at 5, With back up of Kartik & Rajat, it is a dream XI. All the Best

  • Manasvi on March 8, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Delhi are definitely one of the favs this time as well. With Warner, Dilshan, Gambhir and Sehwag around, you have to choose only 2 openers out of these 4!. Personally, I'd go with Sehwag and Warner/ Dilshan for opening and Gambhir at 3. AB at 4, Some Indian batsman at 5 and Karthik at 6. Bhatia at 7, Parnell at 8, Nannes at 9, Nehra at 10 and Sangwan at 11. If the batting needs to be beefed up, drop Parnell and drop the No.5 Indian batsman and bring both Warner and dilshan.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    Delhi gonna rock it this time will 3 quick .. Nannes , Nehra , Parnell

  • Ravi on March 7, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Delhi have to win they have no choices

  • Cricinfouser on March 7, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    Delhi has the strongest bowling line up i think and a deadly,merciless batting line up.Come on Viru,Gauti,AB,Dil,Warner

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    you're the man ..i hope you do well :)

  • Venkat on March 7, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    Its money and pride who is going to leave... IPL. you have better chance of getting a place in australian team after this season.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2010, 4:15 GMT

    com on man and rock delhi

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