Delhi Daredevils have formed a formidable side on paper ahead of the IPL 2018 as they welcome a familiar name in the helm.
Going against their trend, the Delhi franchise retained three players this time around. They managed to keep the services of Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Chris Morris.
Shreyas Iyer has been one of Delhi’s retained players
In the auction, they had 47 crores to spend and they have spent it to bring in 22 players this term. Their most expensive buy was Glenn Maxwell who cost them INR 9 Crore, while Kagiso Rabada also has cost them a hefty amount. Gautam Gambhir also returns to Delhi after a seven year stint with Kolkata Knight Riders, and will now lead his home franchise. They also signed the captain of the victorious under 19 India side Prithvi Shaw, while Colin Munro, Trent Boult are the other big international coups they managed. Delhi also have bought Nepalese International Sandeep Lamichhane, who is a spin bowler.
Gautam Gambhir will lead the Daredevils
Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Gautam Gambhir, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh
The under performing Delhi have a balanced side after a long time in the IPL. They have been guilty of many chops and changes, but this time around they have a settled core with a new captain who has the experience of winning the coveted tournament.
Batting wise, the team will depend a lot on Gautam Gambhir as the veteran will haveto provide it up front. The young Indian batsmen like Iyer, Pant, Kalra and Shaw will be pivotal as well and will have a huge learning curve under Gambhir and Ricky Ponting, who is the coach of the Delhi Daredevils.
They also have decent all round options in both domestic and international sector, and with the arrivals of Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav and Shahbaz Naddem, the spin department is both diversified and rich of experience as well.