Simmons, who was playing in his first match of this year’s IPL, said that despite being on the sidelines for most part of the league phase, he kept himself mentally fresh and prepared. “I knew my opportunity would come some time. So [I was] just being myself today,” Simmons was quoted as saying by IPL’s official website.
Simmons commended Pollard for his fine effort and added that a top-order batsman has the opportunity to get himself settled at the crease before looking to play the big shots. “I must say from a batsman’s point of view that when you get the opportunity to bat early and when you get some balls for setting yourself you show what could happen. So hopefully when you again get an opportunity to bat up the order you know what to do – which is to give yourself a start and to blossom,” he said.