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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Delhi Daredevils preview

I would also like to have a look at the Delhi DareDevils squad. The team has done well in both 08 and 09 but haven't been able to win the IPL trophy.

In 2010, Gambir has taken over the role of captaining the side from Sehwag. It would be interesting to see how Ghambir would respond to the extra responsibility of captaining the side.

Among the Indian players, Ghambir and Sehwag would be the mainstays in the batting. Both have been excellent for the Indian team in the recent past. Sehwag of course can just take the opposition attack to the cleaners with those powerful shots through the off side. His record for India in T/20 may not be good, but any opposition bowling attack would be having nightmares of a top order of Sehwag, Dilshan and Gambir. Among other batsmen, Karthiik is a bit underrated as he has a wide range of shots and as he plays a bit on the up can really look good on tracks that have even bounce and do come onto the bat. Manhas has been a prolific run-getter in India's domestic cricket for a long time. Kedhar. Jedhav has a good record in domestic cricket and would add to their bench strength.

Joginder. Sharma and Bhatia are both experienced all-rounders and can come in handy. In-fact, Bhatia has a few impressive performances under his belt in the IPL and looks like a very competitive cricketer, who gives 100% on the field.

DareDevils would be banking on the experienced Indian medium pacer Nehra to get wickets upfront. He was dropped from the Indian side, but seems to have got fitter and is back to his best. Mishra is also in the present Indian team. Yes, he has been inconsistent, but does have the talent to succeed as a leg spinner as he has a good googly and a decent stock delivery. Sarandeep is a experienced off spinner, who has already played for India. Umesh. Yadav is rated highly as a medium pacer in the domestic circuit and the left armer Sangwan has done well for the under 19 Indian team. Salvi is also in the squad, but seems to have lost some pace.

Foreign players
Among the foreign recruits, one has to think about Dilshan. Once he started opening the innings he has become more aggressive and just like Sehwag can be devastating on the off side. Occasionally he looks like the carbon copy of Sehwag! Sehwag and Dilshan opening the batting can be a daunting prospect for any opposition team. Of course they also have De Villiers in the line up. He is a extremely talented batsman as he has the ability to play text book shots and also can be innovative. The batting line up of Delhi does look very strong as they also have warner in the squad and he can really club the bowling to all parts of the ground.

Maharoof, McDonald and Henriques are the all-rounders in the side. Maharoof ha lost his way a bit as he has been dropped from the Lankan side. He has the ability to clear the boundary with ease, but as a bowler he has been beset with no ball problems. McDonald has been a consistent performer for Victoria and one can't fathom why he hasn't played more for Australia as he gives nothing away for the batsmen to hit and and as a batsman can be useful lower down the order. Henriques has the ability to hit huge sixes but hasn't yet performed as well as he should have done for his state side.

Among their bowlers there is Nannes. The left armer is quick and has one of the best bouncers going around as it leaves the righthander making it hard to pull him. Parnell can be expensive but can bowl those yorkers and get wickets in the end overs.

My team

Sehwag
Dilshan
Ghambir
De Villiers
Manhas
Karthik
Bhatia
McDonald/ Parnell
Mishra
Nehra
Nannes

The team looks very strong and they do have good bench strength too. I don't think it would surprise anyone if they win the IPL in 2010, but again cricket isn't played on paper!

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