Delhi Daredevils manager TA Sekar is upbeat about the team’s chances in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and feels it is the most balanced side in the Twenty20 competition.
With a good mix of hard-hitting batsmen, all-rounders and steady bowling, the team has plenty of options, Sekar said.
The induction of five more international players this season has added to the strength of the side that reached the semi-final last year.
“Delhi Daredevils walk into the IPL with probably the most balanced combination,” Sekar said.
“We have the best opening pair in the world in Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, both of whom are in excellent form. Then we have AB de Villiers and Dilshan Tillakaratne, who were important to the team last year,” Sekar said.
Australia’s latest sensation David Warner is the biggest catch for Daredevils this season. They have also brought two other Australian players – all-rounder Andrew McDonald and Dirk Nannes. Former England One-day captain Paul Collingwood, one of the most athletic fielders in the world and Owais Shah were also picked up in the second IPL auction in Goa.
“Our game plan was to get a couple of hard-hitting batsmen and a couple of all-rounders into the side.”
“Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori and India spinner Amit Mishra will be a vital part of the team,” Sekar said.
“Among the new-ball bowlers, there will be sufficient options. We have the legendary Glenn McGrath, Farveez Maharoof, Collingwood, Dirk Nannes, and Ashish Nehra will lend solidity to the bowling line-up.”