Delhi Daredevils would be a team least satisfied with their performances over the years in the IPL. A star studded team with the services of players like Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene etc, Delhi Daredevils was always considered to be one of the strongest team of the IPL. But the fact stood justified only on papers as they couldn’t even manage to reach the finals of any season of IPL. It has been a roller-coaster ride for them till now. They have been the league toppers in two seasons with only managing to perish during semi-finals and play-offs. Last year was a disaster for them as they managed to become the last team in the league table. But this time, they must be looking to end the six years long draught with finally decorating their trophy shelf with an IPL trophy.
Batsmen: Quinton de Kock, Murali Vijay, Mayank Agarwal, Kevin Pietersen, Ross Taylor, Kedar Jadhav, Milind Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary
All Rounders: Laxmi Shukla, Jayant Yadav, JP Duminy
Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik
Bowlers: Wayne Parnell, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Shukla, HS Sharath
The Game Changers
Kevin Pietersen: Kevin Pietersen would be the man on mission this time. He has got a team capable enough to change the history. Kevin Pieterson himself may be the strongest reason if DD manages to lift the trophy this season. Ross Taylor’s heroics with bat are known to the world. He can change a match on his will. In bowling department DD may miss the services of Morne Morkel but Wayne Parnell is there to fill the void created. Pietersen must be expecting something from Quinton de Kock. His performance would come handy this season.
Middle Order Batting: Talking about domestic players, Murali Vijay and Dinesh Karthik may lead the DD batting as they have been doing the same for their respective teams throughout the IPL. Delhi may not need to worry about the opening slot with their presence in the team. Manoj Tiwary would be another important element in the team as he has been for the Kolkata Knight Riders all the while. His presence in the middle order would lift a lot of pressure from the shoulders of Pieterson and Ross Taylor. Saurabh Tiwary too may find a place for his big hitting qualities.
Mohammed Shami: He has had a great career for the national team, right from his debut, and has also become an experienced bowler in the past 2-3 months or so- particularly after the tours of South Africa and New Zealand. He always threatens to take a wicket or two in his first few overs and bowls some good Yorkers in the death overs. So he is some bowler according to me and he would surely like to make a great impact in Delhi jersey.
The Dark Horse
Rahul Sharma: Well I think the tall leg spinner is the right man to be adjudged the title of “The Dark Horse” as he always comes at the top of the wickets column and plays an important hand in his team’s victory. He has played for as many as 3 IPL teams but has just played 4 international matches. Nothing is much expected from him before the match but after the match, he proves all his critics wrong. In this upcoming season as well, he will try to do the same and become a game changer for Daredevils. So that’s Rahul Sharma!
The New Kid on the block
Siddharth Kaul: The 23 year old right arm fast bowler, from Pathankot, Punjab, would like to impress the selectors and earn a place in the national team. He had an important role in the India’s Under-19 world cup win, in 2008, as he troubled the batsman with his consistent line and length. He was impressive with Delhi Daredevils in the last season and would like to make a significant impact this time around!
What to Expect this Season
With absence of Sehwag, Nehra, Agarkar Delhi Dreams may have lost the domestic strength but the team still comprises of some of the greats in T20 format. Under the able leadership of Kevin Pietersen, DD may change the scenario this season. Pietersen is coming out from a disastrous phase where he was forced to retire from the English team. His hands must be itching to prove his dominance over the world cricket and to reply the ECB officials in a cricketing way. Ross Taylor has played some of the best kocks in T20 and he too can ensure a superlative performance from DD this time.
For the fans of Delhi Daredevils, IPL has so far been below their expectations. Team has let them down in most of the seasons. They must not have forgotten the miseries of last season. The capital would be waiting to lift the trophy for the first time.
The team is very strong and balanced on papers. It would be a test for Pietersen’s captaincy skills this time to maintain the consistency level. The Delhi Daredevils fans should tighten their belts and stand behind their team in hope for an incredible performance which would ensure the trophy in DD’s trophy box. Stage is set. Let the consistency prevail.