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IPL team preview - Delhi Daredevils in search of their maiden title

Quinton de Kock will hope to continue his good form
Quinton de Kock will hope to continue his good form
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Delhi Daredevils have been one of the most underachieved team in the history of Indian Premier League and will be hoping to build on the momentum gained from the previous season.

Since 2010, Delhi Daredevils have made it to the play-offs round just once and the franchise has been chopping and changing squad too much, clearly showing they don't have a settled combination yet. However, with Rahul Dravid joining as mentor and Zaheer Khan handing the captaincy previous season, they showed reasonable success before narrowly missing on another play-off berth.

The team's bench strength will be tested at the business end of the tournament as a number of their overseas players including South Africa's Quinton de Kock, Chris Morris, JP Duminy, Kagiso Rabada and England's Sam Billings will lock horns with each other in a long tour that kicks-off on 24th May and it will be one of the biggest challenge to counter for the franchise.

Performances in previous editions

The did manage to reach the play off stages on three occasions - 2008, 2009 and 2012 but have struggled between 2013 and 2015 before a decent 2016 season where they slipped at the end to miss the top four spots once again.

In the first half of the previous edition, Delhi Daredevils won five out of the seven games but ended up winning just two in the second half, leaving them strangled at the sixth position with 14 points.

Released Players

One of their costliest buy in the previous auction, Pawan Negi failed to create any impact but surprisingly they allowed Imran Tahir and Nathan Coulter-Nile to the auction pool. Joel Paris, Pawan Suyal, Akhil Herwadkar and Mahipal Lomror were the other players released.

Bought Players

They gave a lot of importance to the all-rounders slot during the auction with Angelo Mathews and Corey Anderson joining them while the likes of Rabada and Pat Cummins will bolster the pace bowling department. They tried to offset the loss of Tahir with young leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin. Aditya Tare, Ankit Bawne, Navdeep Saini and Shashank Singh are the other additions.

Key Performers

Quinton de Kock - The ODI player of the year has been in phenomenal form for the Proteas and even in the previous season, he showed a lot of promise scoring 445 runs from 14 matches at an average of 37. His form at the top of the innings will be crucial for the fortunes of Delhi Daredevils in the tournament.

Carlos Brathwaite: The West Indian all-rounder has already showed his match winning skills in the World T20 final at Eden Gardens and his ability to score quick and bowl four overs makes him a genuine impact player in the side.

Squad:

Zaheer Khan (c), JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mayank Agarwal, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Chama Milind, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Pratyush Singh, Aditya Tare, Ankeet Bawane, Pat Cummins, Kagiso Rabada, Angelo Mathews, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Shashank Singh, Corey Anderson.

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