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IPL Staff in Jaipur 08 April 2012 - 08:29pm IST

Mahela, KP join DD

Umesh Yadav likely to play against CSK

After fulfilling their national commitments, Mahela Jayawadene and Kevin Pietersen are all set to join the Delhi Daredevils squad for IPL 2012. An official press release mentioned that Delhi Daredevils’ vice-captain Jayawardene and explosive Pietersen arrived from Colombo today, a day after playing in the Test series in Sri Lanka in which they headed the batting averages for Sri Lanka and England respectively.

“I am looking forward to a good season with the team,” Jayawardene told delhidaredevils.com. “It will be wonderful working with some wonderful cricketers with so much collective experience. T. A. Sekar [the team mentor] had been telling me for a while before the auction that he was keen for me to turn out for Delhi Daredevils. I am hoping to do my best.

“I know the Delhi Daredevils fans would have liked the Colombo Test to end in three or four days so that we could play last night’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But KP [Pietersen] and I had other ideas,” he said, with his trademark smile.

Jayawardene and Pietersen both got hundreds in the first innings of that Test match.

Pietersen, who was with Jayawardene at the Panasonic Cheer-a-thon at Select City Walk here, told delhidaredevils.com that he is eager to contribute to the Delhi Daredevils. “I know we have a good unit, and am happy that we got off to a good start in Kolkata,” he said. “I am looking forward to spending some time with young cricketers in Delhi.”

Pietersen was also happy to hear that pacer Umesh Yadav will be available for selection for the April 10 game against the Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Yadav went off the field without being able to begin his third over against the Royal Challengers Bangalore because of a bout of cramps.

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