Arrival of Pietersen, Jayawardene to boost Delhi arsenal

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Old 09-Apr-2012
Arrival of Pietersen, Jayawardene to boost Delhi arsenal

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New Delhi: Mahela Jayawardene and explosive batsman Kevin Pietersen arrived here yesterday, a day after completing their national duty for Sri Lanka and England respectively.

"I am looking forward to a good season with the team," the Daredevils' official website quoted Jayawardene as saying.

"It will be wonderful working with cricketers with so much collective experience. [The Team Mentor] T.A. Sekar had been telling me for a while before the auction that he was keen for me to turn out for Delhi.

"I know the Delhi Daredevils fans would have liked the Colombo Test to end in three or four days so that we could play the last night's game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But, KP and I had other ideas," he said.

Jayawardene and Pietersen both got hundreds in the first innings of the second Test which was won by England.

Pietersen said he was eager to contribute to the team's progress.

Good start

"I know we have a good unit and am happy that we got off to a good start in Kolkata," he said of the win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.

Pietersen was also happy to hear that paceman Umesh Yadav will be available for selection for tomorrow's game against Chennai Super Kings at the Ferozshah Kotla.

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