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IPL 2017: Squad analysis- Delhi Daredevils

Delhi have finished in the bottom half for last four seaons. Will it change this IPL?

By Jatin Sharma -

Delhi Daredevils team is owned by the GMR group and represents the capital of India, Delhi in IPL. They are one of the two teams (other being Chennai Super Kings), to top the points table twice in the IPL. They had also qualified for the CLT20 twice and even reached the semis in 2012. However, they have failed to make it to the play-off since IPL 2013 and have mostly ended in the bottom 2 of the points table. Let’s see how Delhi Daredevils squad looks for the IPL 2017.

Delhi Daredevils batting

Delhi batting has been jolted due to withdrawals from Proteas players JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock from the IPL 2017. Duminy had cited personal reasons for not playing IPL this season, while De Kock injured a tendon in his finger against New Zealand recently. Both the players were vital to Delhi’s batting and De Kock had even scored a brilliant century in last season.

Now their batting hopes rest on the talents of players like Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson and Indian sensation Rishabh Pant. They need the young Indian talent to fire this season and they might bring someone with more experience to guide them and Kevin Pietersen can be that man, if Delhi decides to go for him.

Delhi Daredevils bowling

Delhi bowling has been another issue, as Zaheer Khan’s fitness didn’t allow him to play all the matches last season. However, a fit Mohammad Shami along with new buys Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins and Navdeep Saini have provided enough backup for Delhi to battle with the best in the league. They also have Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem and M Ashwin to handle the spinning duties for the season.

COC probable XI

Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson (WK), Carlos Braithwaite, Kagiso Rabada, Zaheer Khan (C), Amit Mishra, Mohammad Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem

COC’s Take

Rahul Dravid will coach the team and it is hopeful that he doesn’t let the team management change and chop the team every single game. Let a playing XI settle down in the initial matches, and then change if someone under performs or gets injured. Delhi surely have their work cut out, thanks to the loss of Duminy and De Kock; but are geared up to punch above their weight. 

Jatin Sharma

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