IPL 2012 Preview - Delhi Daredevils
A Preview of the Delhi Daredevils team ahead of IPL 5.
Delhi Daredevils is one of the more exiting teams in the IPL. Their captain, Virender Sehwag pretty much personifies the way his team approaches the game and play a match – it’s generally all or nothing and provides some stellar entertainment for us, spectators.
This year Delhi is one of my favorite team to win the trophy and that largely has to do with the new addition to their squad. Delhi’s batting has always been bombastic at the top with Warner and Sehwag, but this year the team has decided to add more fire power and have roped in Ross Taylor from Rajasthan Royals and Kevin Pietersen from Deccan Chargers and the batting just looks more lethal than ever. Added to this are Mahela Jayawardene and Aussie Aaron Finch, and the Delhi top order resembles the great West Indian batting order of the 1980s, when one ‘great’ batsman got out, another one just took his place. All of them are very aggressive batsmen who are suited well for the T20 format and on their day, no boundary is going to be long enough for them. Sure to be some major fireworks if they get going! However with some of these players on International duty, Delhi might be missing a few stars. The Indian batsmen in the side are not very consistent and other than Naman Ojha and Venugopal Rao, the rest are relative unknowns in the IPL stage. This could very well be the tipping point for Delhi.
The bowling looks pretty good with the likes of Agit Agarkar (someone whom I hold in high regard), Varun Aaron, and Umesh Yadav. Comeback boy Irfan Pathan also is in the team and Delhi have a very good mixture of experience and youth in their Indian pace attack. Roelof Van der Merwe, Andre Russell all provide more options in terms of balance thanks to their all-round ability. The overseas bowlers in Morne Morkel, and Doug Bracewell just adds more fire to the artillery. One place where the Delhi team lacks is in the spin department. Not having a genuine spinner can hurt their cause and Van der Merwe if selected would have a huge role to play in the Indian conditions.
Delhi is one of the more balanced sides in the tournament and on paper look like one hell of a team. They have never gone passed the semi-final stage and this year it might be different due to the amount of artillery power they hold. However it all boils down to how the resources are used and I feel Sehwag’s captaincy would play a very vital role. Captaincy in cricket is very important and a captain plays a huge role in the results of the team and I feel Sehwag might have his work cut out. Whatever the case, I can’t wait to see this team in action!