New Delhi: Since the inception of the league way back in 2008, Delhi Daredevils have managed to put together a formidable squad for every edition of the league. But every season they fail to deceive as even after topping the league stage twice, Delhi has never managed to reach the final of the Indian Premier League. DD have once again put together a decent line-up would look to change this trend in IPL-10.
Here is a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Delhi Daredevils and who could be their possible trump card.
1. PACE BATTERY
Delhi made some smart buys in the IPL auction and bought the services of the Australian Pat Cummins and South African Kagiso Rabada, who are regarded as the two of the most lethal young pacers in the world. Not to forget Indian legend Zaheer Khan, whose vast experience at the top level will come in handy for the Daredevils. Mohammed Shami has been India's front-line pacer for years now and if manages to stay fit, expect him to fight for the purple cap during the later stages of the tournament.
To add to this scintillating pace line-up, there are also Chris Morris and Nathan Coulter-Nile who will provide an extra dimension to the Delhi's bowling line-up. Another pacer to recently join the Delhi ranks is Australia Ben Hilfenhaus who featured in the IPL during for two season in 2012 and 2014, picking up a total of 22 wickets.
2. WORLD CLASS ALL-ROUNDERS
Delhi have two world class all-rounders in their squad who will be the first two names in the playing XI before every match. South Africa Chris Morris has already shown his capabilities with the ball by picking up 41 wickets in the last three seasons for Delhi. Morris is a handy batsman as well and comes up with the goods by playing down the order for the Daredevils. Meanwhile, Delhi has also acquired the services of Kiwi star Corey Anderson who once held the record the record for fastest 100 (36 balls) in ODIs.
3. EXPLOSIVE BATTING
Delhi have put together a batting line-up that is perfect blend of Indian and overseas players. Explosive foreigners like Carlos Brathwaite and Sam Billings are suited for the T20 format while Indian youngsters like Rishab Pant, Sanju Samson and Karun Nair will provide extra might to the batting line-up.
Injuries to star players could derail Delhi's campaign once again in the Indian Premier League. South African duo JP Duminy and Qunton De Kock have already been ruled put of the tournament. And to add to that, youngster Shreyas Iyer and Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Matthews will miss the initial stages of the league due to their respective injuries. These two players would have been guaranteed of a place in the line-up and Delhi will surely feel their absence.
2. ABSENCE OF SPECIALIST 'ANCHORMAN'
Although Delhi have some big power-hitters, what they lack in the middle order specialist who has the capability to anchor the team's innings. In the past, the Daredevils have been in situations where they struggled to put on a decent score after few early blows. So, if that situation arises again, expect Delhi to struggle as they don't have a player (Indian or overseas) to guide the team out.
Corey Anderson could be the man Delhi missed for nine seasons in the league. Anderson is explosive batsman and more than handy pacer. With him in the line-up, coach Rahul Dravid can play an extra batsman and give the team more solidity. After a decent run with Mumbai Indians for two seasons, the Kiwi star will surely take the IPL by storm this time around.
2017 PREDICTION: KNOCKOUTS
The Daredevils have once again put together a strong line-up and if the players fire on all cylinders, the team could reach the knockouts earlier than any team in the league.