New season, new players, new Delhi Daredevils. This is what we see every year from the Delhi based franchise. But how well do they perform in the auction, doesn’t translate into their IPL campaigns every season. After first two successive semi finals, they’ve suffered a dip in which they haven’t recovered till date. They only showed glimpses of their previous bests in 2012, boasting the likes of Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Mahela Jayawerdene only to slump back to bottom the very next year. Two years later, it got revamped and got some hard hitters, only to repeat the feat achieved last season. 😛 Now again in 2015, again a reformation and great players. Could this be a twist in the tale for Delhi this season? Here we take a look at the Delhi Daredevils of 2015.
Departures : Kevin Pietersen (SRH), Dinesh Karthik (RCB), Murali Vijay (KXIP), Ross Taylor, Laxmi Ratan Shukla (SRH). Rahul Sharma (CSK), Wayne Parnell, J Neesham (KKR), Siddarth Kaul (SRH), Rahul Shukla, HS Sharath, Milind Kumar
Arrivals : Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews, Zaheer Khan, Albie Morkel, Travis Head, Amit Mishra, Gurinder Sandhu, CM Gautam, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis, Kona Srikar Bharat, Jaydev Unadkat, DJ Muthuswamy, KK Jiyaz
Like every year, this year also Delhi Daredevils headlines the auction, and also the same player who was the expensive buy last year but for another team, Yuvraj Singh. He was signed for a whopping 16 crore rupees. They also grabbed the headlines for another expensive buy of the auction in Angelo Mathews for 7.5 cr. And also getting a few experienced heads in Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan and Albie Morkel. Overall, they have mixed in quite well with the experience and new blood.
JP Duminy was announced as the skipper for this season and Alfonso Thomas was brought in as the new bowling coach. These are the few personnel changes before the start of the 2015 season.
Here’s a look at how they could line up :-
Quinton De Kock : The South African wicketkeeper has always impressed whenever he has put on the Delhi Blue and Red. He was one of the few played who had performed well for Delhi in their disastrous campaign last season. Now coming from an indecent World Cup, all eyes would be on him on how he would play for the rejuvenated Delhi side. He could be mainly used for providing a good start and staying there at the top. Will be backed up by young Australian Travis Head/Indian local lad CM Gautam.
Shreyas Iyer/Mayank Agarwal : The reason I picked Shreyas was because of the hefty price tag in which he was bought (2.6 cr.) and his great Ranji season. He is a young 19 year old hailing from Mumbai who can be used ans an allrounder as well. He could be a stable batsman and would be a good company to De Kock up the order. He also fits the bill of the uncapped quota of the IPL. However, an alternative option would be Karnataka’s Mayank Agarwal. Known for hitting Muttiah Muralitharan for a six in the very first ball he faced in this format, he can also be a viable option in the opening slot. It’s upon the management who they choose.
Kedar Jadhav : Another local hero who had performed well for the struggling Delhi last season, he is another well option used when one down. He has the ability to build an innings if early wickets fall, or could smash the ball down the park for a big total. Much responsibility will be on the shoulders of the Maharashtra batsman.
Yuvraj Singh : The marquee buy, Yuvraj slots in perfectly at the number 4 spot. He is the one power hitter for Delhi who can come up the order and smash all the balls out of the park also getting wickets whenever needed. His match winning ability would be crucially tested in nervy situations. Let’s hope he proves his 16 crore price tag and earn a recall in the Indian team.
Manoj Tiwary : The Bengal batsman would be another asset to the side.Given the fact he can add in some runs, could act as a finisher and as an electric fielder, he ticks the boxes in all departments for the team. Alternate option will be Saurabh Tiwary considering his indifferent form as of late.
JP Duminy : The skipper would flourish in the role he’s been doing for South Africa, THE FINISHER. He is very comfortable at his natural batting position and would also use that order for Delhi. He can also chip in a few overs if needed and get wickets.
Angelo Mathews : The Sri Lankan captain, who was another marquee buy by Delhi, would also play a crucial role in Delhi’s quest to redemption this season. Would unfortunately miss the first game in Chennai due to restriction on his nationality in the city, but would provide the edge in both batting and bowling for the team. Can be used as the hard hitter down the order and also as a third seam option, depending on the pitch. But let’s see if he pays off the 7.5 tag with his performances. Alternate : Albie Morkel
Mohammed Shami : Coming off an impressive World Cup as India’s standout performers, only sky is the limit for Mohammed Shami right now. The paceman was retained this year after an overhaul by the franchise, he looks set to be the new ball bowler for the team right now. Early swings and later reverse swings, he is the hitman for Delhi this season. Would look to continue that form he gained during the World Cup and earn wickets for Delhi as well.
Amit Mishra : One of the leading wicket takers in this format, there’s no way ruling out Amit Mishra from the starting lineup. He had started his journey in the IPL from this team only, and coming back would be a huge boost for someone who did exceptionally well in his last stint with this team. He brings the much needed experience for Delhi in spin department. Could alternate with Shahbaaz Nadeem if he fails.
Zaheer Khan : India’s best bowler once upon a time, there’s no introduction needed for Zak. His age may have got the better of him as of late, but he can destroy any batting line up if fully fit. In addition to his player role, he will also mentor the fast bowlers in the team along with bowling coach Alfonso Thomas because of his experience.And can alternate with young rising star Jaydev Unadkat, Australian pacer Gurinder Sandhu or Nathan Coulter-Nile. Let’s see how this 4 cr. signing perform.
Imran Tahir : The South African leggie would be looking to form a deadly combo with Amit Mishra in the spin department. After impressive shows in the World Cup, he is another confident looking player heading into the IPL. Can the Pakistani born leg spinner would do good for the team? Only time will tell.
At the moment, Delhi is possessing the South African flavor in both Batting, Bowling and Fielding in the starting eleven. Alternate Australians do add further depth to the team. Will the new look Delhi emerge from their early mishaps? Or will they start a new chapter in their IPL history? Let’s see through this season. They open their IPL campaign against Chennai Super Kings on April 9th at Chidambaram Stadium.