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Delhi's strategy of retaining no players carried enormous risk in that, unlike any of the other seven franchises, they removed any semblance of a team core.
However, they emerged from the auction with a strong-looking side, bearing enormous potential.
The Indian-international balance of 23-7 is a healthy, albeit slightly risky one. Only four international players are permitted to play in any one match, but even still, seven is on the lower side when you bring injuries and poor form into consideration.
It is a balance that lends encouragement to local Indians, however, with less competition for places offered by the international stars.
Kevin Pietersen was, of course, the headline acquisition at the auction, and considering his recent schism with the ECB and his new-found status as a freelancing T20 player, he will no doubt be incentivised to perform well. He already appears to be taking the season seriously, having been training hard with his mentor Graeme Ford in London.
The batting is certainly Delhi's strong point with Pietersen set to play alongside Dinesh Karthik, Ross Taylor, JP Duminy and Murali Vijay. The depth, too, with Saurabh and Manoj Tiwary, as well as Kedhar Jadav and Quinton de Kock, is impressive.
It is the bowling that is certainly more of a concern, particularly the spin department.
Ravi Rampaul and Nathan Coulter-Nile are two excellent international white ball bowlers, but the Indians—Mohammad Shami aside—are less impressive. Shami, too, has struggled perennially bowling at the death for India.
Rahul Sharma is a promising leg-spinner, while Shabhaz Nadeem is a good prospect. But both are relatively inexperienced leading an attack or playing under pressure. They may rue the lack of an international quality spin bowler.