IPL 2018: Team Preview - Delhi Daredevils
From being a young team that promised quite a lot, but failed to live up to expectations in the past two seasons, to having a nice blend of youth and experience – that is the first impression one gets when one sees the Delhi Daredevils (DD) squad for this season.
The biggest boost for them would be the return of local boy Gautam Gambhir as the captain of the team. Not only has Gambhir been a fine player in the Indian Premier League (IPL), he is also one of the most successful captains of the tournament. With Ricky Ponting coming in as the coach of the team, expect the Daredevils to play some ruthless cricket.
Delhi’s batting options are pretty explosive with the likes of Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy all known to be big hitters. However, they might have to apply themselves a little better to avoid major batting collapses. Also present in the squad is Shreyas Iyer, who is slowly making a name for himself in international cricket and Manjot Kalra, who played a match winning knock in the recently concluded under-19 World Cup.
South African all-rounder Chris Morris played a few handy knocks lower down the order last time around and he will be hoping to get more batting opportunities this season. He would also be forming an integral part of the bowling attack that will be spearheaded by Kagiso Rabada. The presence of Trent Boult gives them another world class option although one would think that only one out of Boult and Rabada will play. Indian speedster Mohammed Shami will also be looking to make a few cricketing headlines this season having been surrounded by controversies regarding his personal life.
The spin department will be handled by the seasoned campaigner Amit Mishra, who has been the tournament’s second most successful bowler with 134 wickets in 126 matches. Supporting him would be Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav and the first international cricketer from Nepal to play in the IPL – Sandeep Lamichhanne.
The Daredevils outfit look more balanced in terms of experience as compared to last season and they would depend quite a lot on their international stars to take them over the line. Having said that, this looks like a squad which ought to earn them a playoffs spot, should they play to their potential.
Probable best XI – Gautam Gambhir (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Rishabh Pant (wk), Daniel Christian, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem.
IPL 2017 Position – Sixth place