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DD look up to Richards

New Delhi: Languishing at the bottom of the table in IPL-VI, the Delhi DareDevils are now looking up to former West Indian great Sir Vivian Richards for inspiration.

On Saturday, Richards joined the DareDevils as their ambassador and advisor. Immediately after his arrival, Richards met the players and gave them a pep talk.

The DareDevils, so far, have lost all six matches they have played. On Sunday, the DareDevils are scheduled to play the Mumbai Indians.

“I am looking forward to working with the Delhi DareDevils this season,” Richards said after his maiden interaction with the team.

“I know the team has many players of proven quality and others who have immense talent and hunger to succeed at this level and higher. It will be a great experience for me to be their sounding board and inspire them to deliver quality performances,” the icon added.

That the DareDevils will be upbeat with the legend around is obvious. “It’s a huge boost for the morale of the team,” said a DareDevils official. “His presence is surely going to mark a positive change in the team,” he hoped.

Richards, who scored his maiden Test century at the Kotla, during his first tour of India in 1974-75 series, was supposed to join the DareDevils as an ambassador and adviser at the start of the IPL-VI. However, he was held back in Antigua because of some urgent work.

“Now that Richards has joined the team, he would be there till the end of the competition,” an official informed.

DareDevils boss and GMR Sports chairman Kiran K Grandhi said the decision to rope in Richards was in keeping with the policy to give the squad the best support they can possibly get.

“As owners of the DareDevils, we have always got together the best support staff. I’m sure our fans will also be very excited that Sir Viv is with the squad.”