Delhi Daredevils (DD) were the league stage toppers in the previous edition of the IPL in South Africa having won 10 out of the 14 matches they played. They lost in the semi-finals, but under new captain Gautam Gambhir, they would like to make a fresh start.
What with the fab five from DD – Sehwag, Gambhir, de Villiers, Warner and Dilshan all in top form, it could mean a real threat to the opposition. Twenty20 is all about boom boom, slam bam cricket and these guys are the best exponents the game has seen!
The team is highly dependent on foreign players for providing the right balance, be it Dirk Nannes to get initial breakthroughs or Warner and Dilshan to get them off to a good start. Sehwag, we have seen, prefers to bat a little lower down the order, sending in the other dashers at the top. Having all left-arm pacers makes their attack one dimensional too and Mishra, the lone experienced spinner, might have to bear the carry the entire spin attack on his shoulders.
This would be a good learning experience for players like Wayne Parnell, who will be making his debut for Delhi Daredevils. Also, Moises Henriques, after his successful stint for the New South Wales Blues in the Champions League T20, would be keen to make his mark for his newly adopted franchise. Henriques joined the Delhi Daredevils this year after Kolkata Knight Riders swapped him with Manoj Tiwary.
In the previous two editions, Delhi Daredevils topped the league charts yet could not cross the important hurdles of the semis. Choking when it really matters is a real threat for the side. Since Gambhir is the sort of batsman who gets going when the going gets tough, he would hope that the same rubs off on his team and they come up trumps and carry home the coveted title.
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