Indian Premier League 2012 news February 29, 2012

Daredevils sign Ross Taylor from Royals


Delhi Daredevils have acquired Ross Taylor, the New Zealand captain, from Rajasthan Royals. Taylor is the second batsman Daredevils have signed in a trade, with Kevin Pietersen having made the move from Deccan Chargers in the first transfer window prior to the IPL auction. The transfer amount was not disclosed.

"We all know what a quality player Ross is and we are happy that he will be with us this season," Delhi Daredevils mentor TA Sekar said. "Besides players like our captain Virender Sehwag and David Warner, we have added muscle to our batting by inducting Mahela Jayawardene, Kevin Pietersen and now Ross Taylor into our fold. Our fans can look forward to some explosive knocks."

Taylor was bought by the Royals for $1 million in the 2011 player auction and played just the one season for them. He was picked to be the team's finisher, to provide that late-innings kick that sets a winning total or ensures a successful run-chase. Over 11 innings last season, he averaged 36.20 with a strike rate of 119.07 and a top score of 47 not out, one of six innings in which he remained unbeaten. Rajasthan were in contention for a spot in the play-offs for the first half of the season, but lost four of their last five games to finish sixth in the league table.

Taylor is currently out of action with a calf strain that he picked up on the second morning of the only Test against Zimbabwe in Napier in January. He missed the limited-overs games against South Africa but is expected to return to the side for the first Test that begins on March 7.

The Daredevils will be Taylor's third IPL team. He started out with Royal Challengers Bangalore, where he quickly became a fan favourite, but the franchise chose not to retain him ahead of last year's auction. The trading window for the 2012 IPL shuts at midnight tonight.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on March 3, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Swann and luke right should be in ipl.Swann in kkr in place inexperinced Sunil Narine and Wright in PWI or RR.CSK should retain Southee and Oram in RR.My selection would be from unsold will be 1 Swann 2 ORAM 3 Southee 4 WRIGHT and don't forget Owais shah he is a good palyer of t20.

  • class9ryan on March 3, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    Well done RR atleast they know they rnt going 2 b champions and so they r making good money for buying out their best players

  • class9ryan on March 3, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    Surely d DAREDEVILS look d best batting line-up in d IPL along with CSK and MI . It will b a tough call 2 say which team will b in d top 4???

  • dummy4fb on March 3, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    OMG I think the DD team will be really strong..... and Rosco is a great buy. In their first 2 games they can play with: 1. Jayawardene 2. Sehwag 3. N Ojha 4. Taylor 5. Venugopal Rao 6. I Pathan 7. Russell 8. van der Merwe/Nagar 9. Nadeem 10. Aaron/M Morkel 11. Yadav, and then once Pietersen arrives after 2 games and Warner for the second half of the tourney, their batting will be super-strong: 1. Warner 2. Sehwag 3. Pietersen 4. Jayawardene 5. Taylor 6. N Ojha 7. Venugopal Rao 8. I Pathan 9. Nagar/Nadeem 10. Aaron 11. Yadav

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    there is a lot of competition in thi season of ipl , all the teams are strong enough to beat each other.but still i feel bad about rr that they do not have such a strong side as compared to others!!!!!!!!!!!!lets see who wins.

  • Solace1 on March 1, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    @ Zibak Adhikary wow that's the funniest comment over here really, we are talking about ross moving to dd and u r talking about indian cricket selection, man you have come to the wrong place...need a new pair of spectacles??

  • DD_f0rever on March 1, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    @ xylo: This ordinary captain is the "Vice Captain" of Team India. He is ordinary just because he is 'munh-fatt' ? Obviously he can't be compared with Dhoni but this is T-20 where scenario changes within a span of an over. Remember who was the leader of Rajasthan Royals - the then winner in season 1 ? Certainly NOT an extra-ordinary leader !!

  • Raj4you on March 1, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    I am a Big fan of Viru and DD..i wish them best of luck for this sesion,Inclusion of Ross Taylor made DD more stronger and comeptative.People critic about Sehwag form but they forgot that he is the most explosive player of the arena..having the world record of highest run in ODI.Just wait and watch guys he wil show you why he is so dangerious..Best of luck Viru and DD.:)))

  • raam9888 on March 1, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    This team looks totally different from previous eddition and inclusion of pieterson nd ross taylor makes them into top 4 in the cmg eddition. all the best DD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • dummy4fb on March 1, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Since Pietersen will be available for only 8 matches n Warner going for WI tour,they needed a replacement like Ross Taylor

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