Delhi Daredevils tried their best to pick up best players in the recent auction of the Indian Premier League, but all of their strategies are looking bleak after two-star players pulled out from upcoming IPL. All started with South African all-rounder JP Duminy ruling himself out while giving personal reasons behind it followed by wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock, who suffered an injured finger in the ongoing Test series in New Zealand.
DD always had a strong team in the previous seasons but they couldn't capitalized on it. They are the only team, who hasn’t featured in a single final despite featuring in all seasons. Now, the departure of both South African batsmen will hurt them brutally as they are a regular player in limited-over cricket.
Meanwhile, DD official feels this as a huge blow to his team. “We still don’t have official confirmation and are trying to understand the scenario. But if he does miss out due to the finger injury, it will be huge without a doubt. He was one of our best batsmen in the last edition with 445 runs in 13 games. With him around, one of the opening slots is sorted. Also, he brings in a lot of experience having played over the years and that is a huge factor when you are playing a tournament like the IPL,” the official said.
De Kock sustained an injury in his hand during the second Test at Wellington. His participation in Hamilton Test was also uncertain, but team management picked him for this game. Amidst all, team manager Dr. Mohammad Moosajee warned him to skip IPL, otherwise his injury can rule him out from Champions Trophy. “We will make a late call on his availability for the match on Friday after he undergoes a fitness test with protective strapping to see if he will be able to bat or keep wicket,” Moosajee said.
He further added “Either way, he is going to need a protected period of recovery which will take between 4-6 weeks. In the long-term, there is every likelihood of him missing out on the IPL because of the expected recovery time. Being a wicket-keeper, every time he catches the ball there is a strain on the finger and it makes it difficult to allow for sufficient time to recover. If he doesn’t have the 4-6 weeks’ recovery time, further activity could aggravate the injury and it could even jeopardise his participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and the full tour to England.”
If De Kock misses this tournament, the Delhi-based franchise will start to look at other options from the available players.