Indian Premier League 2012 February 27, 2012

Pune Warriors buy Dinda, Hopes from Daredevils

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Pune Warriors have bought Ashok Dinda, the India fast bowler, and James Hopes, the Australia allrounder, from Delhi Daredevils. Both players were signed for two years, late on Sunday. Hopes is the second foreigner to be contracted by Warriors in the transfer window, after they beat Mumbai Indians in the race to sign Marlon Samuels of West Indies last week.

The teams did not disclose the amount of the deals, but it is understood that Daredevils have managed to recover the money they spent on buying Kevin Pietersen from Deccan Chargers.

Dinda, the second highest wicket-taker this Ranji Trophy season, was bought by Daredevils last year for $375,000. It is understood that Daredevils did not deliberate much before releasing him because they have several fast bowlers in the squad, including South Africa's Morne Morkel and the Indian trio of Umesh Yadav, Ajit Agarkar and Varun Aaron.

For Warriors, Dinda will be their only Indian right-arm fast bowler. Insiders say the idea behind Warriors buying Dinda was that he would be a certainty in the playing XI, and would complement the left-arm pace of Ashish Nehra.

During the auction on February 4, 2012, Daredevils had bid successfully for Andre Russell, the West Indies fast-bowling allrounder, and Doug Bracewell, the New Zealand quick. Those additions, and the presence of India allrounder Irfan Pathan in the squad, made Hopes' chances of playing in the Daredevils line-up weak, and the team management thought it was better to trade him rather than leave him warming the bench.

Warriors suffered a setback when allrounder Mitchell Marsh was diagnosed with a lower back injury, which ruled him out of the rest of the Australian season and the IPL. Hopes, whose workmanlike attitude has always impressed coaches and teams, could act as a replacement for Marsh.

Hopes' signing leaves Warriors two overseas players' spots to fill, but the franchise is not in a hurry even though there are only three days left before the trading window closes on February 29. It is understood that Warriors might like to observe some players during the ongoing MiWAY T20 Challenge in South Africa, which ends on March 30.

*17:05 GMT, Feb 27: The article had listed James Faulkner as one of Pune Warriors foreign players, excluding Angelo Mathews. This has been corrected

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    I would rather suggest PW to concentrate on Herath, Ian Bell (subject to his availability), brendan taylor, Luke Wright, Mendis Brothers (Ajantha is I think world's number one bowler in this format, way ahead of Ashwin in bowling department) and Henriques. All these have low base price and in addition to this, they are either multi-skilled or are too good in their skill alone to make it to any competitive eleven in the world. Mentors at PW need to be very much selective and qualitative in their approach. Good luck mates.

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    MY PLAYING XI 1)JESSEY RYDER 2)MANISH PANDEY 3)MARLON SAMULES/CALLUM FERGUSON 4)SOURAV GANGULY(CAPTAIN) 5)ROBIN UTHAPPA(KEEPER) 6)ANGELO MATHEWS 7) JAMES HOPES 8)MURALI KARTHIK/SRIKANTH WAGH 9)RAHUL SHARMA 10)A.DINDA 11)A.NEHRA. BEST XI IN PUNE SQUAD.

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    May i know how many of PWI players are from Pune District or from Maharashtra even..only a few like dheeraj jadhav, wagh...they shud nurture some local talent as well while grooming the squad..

  • dummy4fb on February 29, 2012, 15:44 GMT

    All the very best PUNE..our team seems to be shaping up well..Bairstow and another world-class bowler who can bat like dan Christian can be an option..David hussey can be good try too..jai Pune!!..hope v do well this season and Dada performs with the bat too..good luck

  • saikat580 on February 29, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    MY PLAYING XI FOR PUNE:

    1.MANISH PANDEY 2.J.RYDER 3.SOURAV GANGULY(c) 4.MARLON SAMULES 5.R.UTTAPPA(wkt) 6.A.MATHEWS 7.J.HOPES/M.MAHNAS 8.M.KARTHIK 9.R.SHARMA 10.A.DINDA 10.A.NEHERA/W.PARNELL.

    DEPENDING UPON THE SITUATION HOPES & PARNELL WILL BE ALTERED WITH EACH OTHER TO BE FIT IN THE FINAL XI(i.e either hopes & nehera/dinda or m.mahnas & parnell.)

  • saikat580 on February 29, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @karan chakraborty

    pune already have some good indian batsman like Manish Pandey & Anstup Majumdar in their team.Both of them are hard hitter of the ball plus can hold the wicket when required.

  • saikat580 on February 29, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    James Hopes is d perfect replacement for M.Marsh.again dinda is a very good move by PWI team.They also have signed Anustup Majumdar(he is in gr8 form this season) and talks are going on between KKR & PWI for Lakhi Ratan Shukla.Hope PWI win this season of IPL.I think at this stage PWI need a wicket keeper & a spinner all-rounder in their line up.

  • santanuXI on February 28, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Pune is developing their team better than some other teams.....But I am not sure whether Sourav Ganguly would be able to perform at this stage....if he continues to play without proper contribution he may become the biggest problem for Pune. Youngstars like Manish Pandey, Anushtup Majumder, Sachin Rana, Harpreet should be tried and if they succeed Pune would be a force to reckon with. Nehra-Dinda-Kartik-Rahul-Bhubaneswar form a decent bowling line up with Parnell/Alfonso/Mathews. They may also look for Southee. An attacking wicket keeper batsman (Boucher/Bairstow/Kieswetter) would serve them also.

  • class9ryan on February 28, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    Oawis Shah has been in hot form throughout d year. He scored well for Cape Cobras and Hobart Hurricanes. He is a good player of spin and probably d best player of spin in England. He is a able cricketer 2 do both batting at middle-order and finishing things well. If not d Warriors atleast d Chargers should buy him- they lack force in their batting order.

  • harsha.reddy on February 28, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    wat happen to levi,why u drop him and to take nicol bette 2 take him

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