IPL 8: Delhi Daredevils’ Team Preview

DELHI DAREDEVILS

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The Delhi Daredevils this time look a rejuvenated lot with the addition of fresh new faces. After a disappointing outing in the previous season, the men from Delhi will be looking to make amends with a strong show this year. They have already captured a lot of eyeballs with the acquisition of Yuvraj Singh for a whopping 16 crore and add to that Zaheer Khan for a massive 4 crore. The Daredevils have imposed a lot of faith in the services of the out of favour Indian cricketers. But they have given experience the necessary importance looking at the successes of other teams.The examples of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag playing crucial roles in the performances of their respective teams in the previous season are testimony to this fact. What will add to it is the addition of ‘Guru’ Gary as the coach of the team which includes quite a few men from South Africa.

The Delhi Daredevils are surely the team to watch out for this season.

Squad: J.P Duminy(O)*,Mayank Agarwal,Srikar Bharat,Nathan Coulter-Nile(O),Quinton de Kock(O),Dominic Joseph,C.Gautam,Travis Head(O),Imran Tahir(O),Shreyas Iyer,Kedar Jhadav,KK Jiyas,Zaheer Khan,Angelo Mathews,Amit Mishra,Mohammed Shami,Albie Morkel,Shahbaz Nadeem,Gurinder Sandhu(O),Angelo Mathews,Marcus Stoinis,Manoj Tiwary,Saurabh Tiwary,Jaydev Unadkat,Jayant Yadav,Yuvraj Singh

Players Retained:Jean-Paul Duminy, Kedar Jadhav, Manoj Tiwary, Mohammad Shami, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Quinton De Kock, Saurabh Tiwary, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Imran Tahir, Jayant Yadav

Players Released: Dinesh Karthik, HS Sharath, James Neesham, Jaydev Unadkat, Kevin Pietersen, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Milind Kumar, Murali Vijay, Rahul Sharma, Rahul Shukla, Ross Taylor, Siddarth Kaul, Wayne Parnell.

Coach: Gary Kirsten

Captain: J.P Duminy

Most Expensive Player: Yuvraj Singh – 16 Crore

IPL 7 position: 8th

Owners: GMR Group

Keys to success:

1.South African Core: The core of the Delhi franchise consists of players from South Africa: J.P Duminy, Quinto de Kock, Imran Tahir,Albie Morkel and coach Gary Kirsten. The Daredevils have a strong unit of players playing from one country just like the most successful team in IPL, the Chennai Super Kings have from the Indian team. Players playing together for the same team previously bring the much needed cohesion in this very short and demanding tournament.

2. Yuvraj Singh: The talismanic allrounder from Punjab is the most expensive catch in this year’s IPL. With the pressures of international cricket off his shoulders, a fit and raring to go Yuvraj is sure to prove a handful.

Likely Playing XI : JP Duminy(C), Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh,Quinton de Kock(WK), Albie Morkel,Zaheer Khan,Angelo Mathews,Amit Mishra,Jaydev Unadkat,Saurabh Tiwary,Kedar Jadhav

*O: Overseas Player