IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils squad analysis

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All you need to know about the Delhi Daredevils squad ahead of the 2018 IPL season

 

Gautam Gambhir, who previously led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles, will return to Delhi Daredevils after a span of 6 years.

 

Delhi Daredevils, who have never won the IPL title, can hope to do so this time around with Gautam Gambhir coming back to the franchise after a long span of 6 years. Gambhir, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous few editions, led the side to two titles as captain. Under his captaincy, KKR, who were struggled in the starting few seasons, not being able to qualify to the knockout stages, became one of the most consistent teams in the tournament.

Delhi Daredevils will look for a similar inspiring leadership effort from the southpaw. The franchise made a smart move by retaining South Africa’s Chris Morris and the Indian players Rishabh Pant (1555 runs from 21 First-Class matches) and Shreyas Iyer (3989 runs from 46 First-class matches) who have proved themselves time and again at the domestic level.

Moreover, the franchise will have high hopes from the Under 19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw, who came into limelight when he was just 15 years old after he made 546 runs in the prestigious Harris Shield Tournament and made a place for himself in the record books.

 

Squad Analysis of DD

 

Batting : With Gambhir back in the scheme of things for Delhi, their top order gets a boost immediately. He has been a top draw in scoring runs aplenty. Jason Roy is expected to open with the southpaw. Colin Munro with three T20I tons, is the perfect back-up. Indian duo of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer bring fluidity in the middle-order, Glenn Maxwell adds gloss.

All-Rounder : Chris Morris has settled into the side and will be Gambhir’s go to man especially in terms of having the license to attack. Australian veteran, Daniel Christian has bagful of experience in the IPL and provides that extra bit of cushion. Gurkeerat Mann and Vijay Shankar are the star Indian recruits. Shankar has shown nerves in the Nidahas Trophy and is an exciting prospect.

Bowling :  Mohammed Shami misses out on the IPL, following his latest controversy, that could be a huge blow. Under these circumstances, the significance of Kagiso Rabada rises further especially at the death. Trent Boult is a valuable addition to provide knowledge to young Indian pacers. Amit Mishra and Shahbaz Nadeem will be Gambhir’s spin twin. Sandeep Lamichhane is the lone foreign spinner from Nepal.

 

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IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils squad analysis
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