Zen Master of Modern Cricket
The World Cup is over after a scintillating tournament filled with high quality cricket action. As expected, the Indian team brought the magical smiles back on the faces of Indian cricket fans by winning the World Cup after a gap of 28 years.
But now, it's time for one of the most exciting leagues in the world to steal the show, the Indian Premier League. Everyone was speculating about the enthusiasm and reaction of audiences towards IPL after the long running World Cup. But, if we go by the first match of the 2011 edition, excitement, enthusiasm and quality of the game have only improved.
Here I will discuss the prospects of the team Delhi Daredevils in this edition of IPL. Semi finalists in the first two editions, Delhi couldn't even managed to make it to knock out stages in the last edition.
After major shuffling of the team, largely due to the auction of players, many talented Indian players and renowned overseas players have left the team. Players like AB de Villiers, Dilshan, Collingwood and Dirk Nannes are enough to form a separate cricket team and with the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthik and Rajat Bhatia gone; Delhi will surely miss the Indian talent.
This time, Delhi has tried to set up a team which is low profile except their captain Virender Sehwag. Let us look at their main players for this season.
The ever charismatic Sehwag leads the pack for Daredevils. If a team name can ever completely signify the approach of a player, it is daredevil for Virender Sehwag.
He plays every form of cricket with a breathtaking pace. One of the most feared cricketers of his time, he would like to take Delhi all the way towards victory. Though he started the WC compaign with a bang, he would surely like to put behind the duck he scored in the WC finals and compensate it with scintillating stroke play in this season of IPL.
One of the few specialist players of this format, Warner can sometimes score at a much faster rate than Sehwag. If both of them have a good day opening the innings together, Delhi can look for a score more than 200 in about every match.
Warner is young, energetic and an excellent fielder. He hits the cricket ball very hard and is one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the T20 format.
The most highlighted all rounder India has seen since Mr. Kapil Dev, Irfan is an excellent player to have in a team.
He is equally efficient in all the departments of the game. A mixture of talent and experience, he can be a role model for young players who want to fit into the role of future all rounder for team India.
Once most feared swing bowler in the world, Pathan has been out of the Indian National team for quite some time. But, in IPL for King's 11 Punjab, he did very well in the first three editions. Delhi will expect same from him this time too.
One of the spear heads of the South African bowling attack, this time Morkel is with the Daredevils as their main bowling star. One of the best pace bowler in the world at present with his fellow teammate Steyn, Morkel is quick and accurate.
He is tall and uses this characteristic to the best of his advantage. He has quite the experience bowling in Indian conditions, and would surely play an important role if Delhi travels far in this edition of the league.
James Hopes is an evenly balanced Australian all rounder who can chip in at important stages in a game. Though he is not a regular member of the Australian national team, he has done very well in the domestic tournaments and will surely be one of the four overseas players to play in the Delhi team.
A solidly-built, aggressive batsman from the country town of Colac in south-west Victoria, Aaron Finch is one of the most exciting players and future prospect for International Cricket.
He was one of the top run getters in the Big Bash T20 league and had a very fruitful season with the Rajastan Royals. Delhi will need his aggressive intent for a better performance than last couple of years.
A blond, bestubbled, bruising left-hander nicknamed "Bozie," Ingram is among the brightest talents produced by the Eastern Cape in recent years. He features regularly in the South African national team and is very exciting prospect for them.
He brings a bracing brand of aggression to opening the batting, and is one of the options for the opening slots for Daredevils.
Agarkar's entry into international cricket—with an avalanche of wickets that made him the then fastest to 50 in ODIs—was the only one of the few brighter side of his long career.
He has struggled to contain batsmen many a time and goes for plenty. But he could bat, because tailenders simply do not score half-centuries in 21 balls. His aggression is an asset, but the body cannot sometimes support it. One of the oldest players in this Daredevil's squad Agarkar will surely bring all his experience into play to support the team.
A capable top-order batsman and wicketkeeper, Ojha will surely be the first choice wicket keeper for the Delhi team in this edition. He has impressed everyone with his stint with the Rajastan Royals in previous seasons and Delhi will like to see his best this time around.
Andrew McDonald is also a bowling all rounder from the up coming Australian set up. He is a quick bowler who can also prove to be a handy bat lower down the order. With his all rounder capability, he provides Delhi with a rich pool of all rounder players which are needed the most in this format of the game.
Roelof Van Der Merwe
A very tidy left arm spinner, Van Der Merwe will be the main spinner for the Delhi side in the spinner friendly conditions of the Indian pitches. He has played occasionally for the South African side and will look forward to make a mark for himself in the Delhi Daredevils team.
One of the few technically sound batsman in the Indian domestic circuit, Venugopal Rao has been among the runs in the previous editions of the IPL for Deccan Chargers.
He started his domestic careers on high note, but hasn't fired after he got his break in the Indian national team. Nevertheless, he can still impress the selectors by performing well in this edition of the league.
India's search for a good fast bowler has brought Dinda on the international scene. A good medium pacer, Dinda was previously signed with Kolkata Knight Riders and did well there.
He would like to continue his good form with Daredevils as well and like to be called back to represent the Indian national cricket team.