Sekar said Australian batsman David Warner owes his success to IPL and Virender Sehwag.
New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils mentor TA Sekar on Sunday said it is not just Indian youngsters but also international players who benefit from the experience of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Sekar said Australian batsman David Warner owes his success to Delhi's skipper Virender Sehwag.
"IPL has done a lot for people. Nobody knew Warner in 2008. Sehwag has inspired him a lot. Viru told Warner to play Tests and bat like he usually does and look where he is today. He scored a century on debut in Tests against New Zealand. It's not just the Indians who benefit, the foreign players too get to learn a lot, Indian conditions are tough and they get to learn so much," Sekar said.
Delhi's head coach Eric Simmons stressed on the point of Indian youngsters benefiting from their interaction with the international players.
"The more you play the more you learn. Youngsters get to interact with International stars and have the opportunity to learn so much. Every player goes through a process of learning," he said.
Simmons, who was recently replaced by Australian Joe Dawes as the Indian team's bowling coach, refused to talk about India's bowling woes or whether the team was missing him saying that he was only focussing on Delhi.
"My focus is on the Delhi. Hope the Indian bowlers can come back well. Being the head coach now, I am responsible for everything. I have done this before and I am good at understanding people below me," he added.
Delhi finished last in the previous edition, but this time Simmons remained confident with the current crop of players.
The presence of England allrounder Kevin Piertersen, Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, New Zealand's Ross Taylor and West Indian allrounder Andre Russell have made Delhi the most exciting team to watch out for this season.
"Excited about this group of players. They know their game. I am very pleased the way it is working out. Planning has been great," Simmons added.
Delhi start their IPL campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders, April 5, at the Eden Gardens.