Indian Premier League 2012 news February 29, 2012

Daredevils sign Ross Taylor from Royals

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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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  • 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???

  • 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

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 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

  • 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???

  • 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

  • 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 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

  • srinideva on March 1, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Whatever happens , the winner of the IPL 5 is gona be CSK.. Royals not gonna win a single match in the upcoming tournament. they have only S watson as recognised an all rounder.

  • on March 1, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    What a team, im a diehard fan of viru, lets rock this year ...DD is the 2012 champions of IPL... Viru,wrner,mahela,KP,R.taylor.....wow wow wow wow wow . . . . with I.pathan,Ojha,Venu,Agarkar,yadav,Aron and Nagar..chanceless DD DD DD DD DD DD DD . . . .

  • SATHISHKUMAR_R1 on March 1, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    THE FOUR PLAYERS WILL BE WARNER,KP,MJ AND MORKEL.. AND WHEN KP IS OUT THEY CHOOSE ROSS BUT I THINK THEY SHOULD GIVE CHANCE TO ALL FOREIGN PLAYERS .VAN DER MERWE IS A GOOD ALL ROUNDER...THE PROBLEM IS THIS TIME TOO MANY PEOPLE WITH FIRE POWERS FOR DD.... SEE WADE,VAN DER MERWE ,INGRAM,FINCH...GUYS TOO MANY TO SIT OUT ....... IT IS BETTER THEY GIVE PLAYERS ..WATCH OUT FOR DELHI......

  • on March 1, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @xylo Couldn't agree more. A champion team always beats a team of champions and you can't have a champion team without a champion leader.

  • on March 1, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    DD looks very strong on paper, but sehwag, warner, taylor, KP, mahela all have been captains for their respective teams.....will they synch up on thought process, can they play as a team....i think too much fire power is not good as well...hence CSK is my favourite a very balance side with a cool captain

  • Knight.v on March 1, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Looks like DD are preparing 2 chase 200+ in every match becuz even they their bowling is useless!

  • on March 1, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    why jadeja,rohit and raina still in the team.i think this selection is totali wrong.sachin's parformence is too bad but....

  • satish619chandar on March 1, 2012, 4:09 GMT

    Royal putting emphasise on Menaria, Binny and Rahane to shine for them? I guess Rossie could have been more useful for them than DD..

  • satish619chandar on March 1, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Does DD really need fourth foreign top order player? They have Irfan, Umesh and Varun in bowling and may not necessarily need a foreign fast bowler.. But still, would have been better to have Hopes in their sleeves than Taylor.. With Viru, Warner, KP and Mahela, they have good firepower in the batting lineup.. I will put my bet on Delhi to put a great performance this year and even win title.. They have all bases covered.. Royals could have been a lot better to have Taylor in their team as they need one hitter in the middle order badly.. Botha, Hogg and Watson are sure starters for them.. Still, the fourth slot need to be filled.. Will it be Tait??

  • on March 1, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    DD has every chance of winning this year's IPL with their muscle power...

  • on March 1, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    WOW.... Delhi Daredevils now had done another Big signing... ROSS the Six hitting machine Taylor... First Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene and now Taylor... WOW so we have now Sehwag, Warner, Ross Taylor and Pieterson in line up and Mahela to ancor the innings.... Pathan form will also give a boost... Looks like we needed lady luck to lft the IPL trophy so we go Mahela in....lol Long live Daredevils....!!!

  • Freak7820 on February 29, 2012, 23:42 GMT

    Solid addition for Delhi's middle order. If the likes of Sehwag, Mahela, Warner can click at the top, followed by Pietersen & Taylor in the middle order, we should see some explosive innings.

  • xylo on February 29, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    DD might have terrific batsmen like they did in season 1, but they have an extremely ordinary captain.

  • karansagar on February 29, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    @kingcobra85 RCB has Dilshan not DD

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:41 GMT

    he was awesome power hitter when he was with RCB

  • on February 29, 2012, 20:29 GMT

    wow ! here is some to look forward to he can hammer the ball all over the field, would also wanna Martin Guptill be grabbed by a franchise.

  • on February 29, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    IPL wats going on why all star players are sold like this will they finally sold out there team

    its iritating to see all drama going on inthe auction of players especially dont know why players like kevin obrein not taken by any team

  • Avi56 on February 29, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    After Mumbai Indians its DD who has made major changes in the team and indeed made for the good....in the initial years delhi used to be such a superb team but last year was a complete disaster...this is the best move because i am from bangalore a big RCB fan...and let me tell u RCB fans still love ross taylor here....Lucky DD u have made a good move and good luck..

  • Bruisers on February 29, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Delhi is certainly a team to watch out for this time round.. Oh boy, they are gonna have some serious selection issues.. Which 4 will get picked among WARNER, PIETERSEN, JAYAWARDENE, TAYLOR, MORKEL, RUSSELL... Wonder what Rajasthan were thinking giving away their trump card..

  • Jay_candid on February 29, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    This IPL season will be seeing so many one sided games.. Only CSK,MI,RCB,DD are stronger.. Already IPL is losing its shine and so many one sided games are not good at all.. IPL shop will be closed in another 3 years.. I'm happy.. waiting for that day !!!

  • on February 29, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Sssssshhhhh....... Daredevils are coming :)

  • Shandorinho on February 29, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Could've done with a spinner

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    nice move by DD...........

  • sriramtvsm on February 29, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Hey guys dont worry. Nothing is going to happen with the names in the squad. Dont unnecessarily blame any team. Just recollect the Deccan Chargers team in the first edition of IPL. The list had Symonds, Gilchrist, Afridi, Gibbs, Rohit Sharma, and so on. But what happened. They ended up at the bottom of the table. Similarly the team with no top player (Rajastan Royals) had won that edition. So the list of players on the paper don't matter. What matters is the players who perform on that particular day. So friends dont take any thing personal and just enjoy the current edition of IPL.

  • on February 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    i guess since all these players spend less than 5 minutes at crease most of the times they will need more of them should add brendon mcculum who mostly stays for a couple of minutes.

  • DesiCricketfan on February 29, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    @kingcobra85, I think you are not following cricket, you said "But their bowling is not balanced enough", DD have Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav & Varun Aaron three good fast bowlers and after including Morne Morkel(16 overs of good pace bowlers) and part spinners Viru, Dilshan & pietersen. What else do you want????. Dilshan/Warner/Mahela/Pietersen (Three of these) and Morne Morkel the 4th foreigner. I beleive DD will be a team to watch unlike last year. Good Luck DD. Finals Between DD & MI. ALthough I love to see punjab up on top (being myself Punjabi.. But thats not happening)...

  • GlobalCricketLover on February 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    What's RR's plan?? Looks like they badly needed some money. Else there is no reason to trade the only 2 stars they are left with (Watson being the other).

  • rony87 on February 29, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    dream team for delhi.. with warnernot available for the first half this is the team sehwag, mahela, pietersen, Rao, ross taylor, andre russell, irfan pathan, Naman Ojha, nadeem, aaron, yadav.. Once warner is back Mahela, warner, Sehwag, Rao, Ross taylor, andre russell, irfan pathan, Naman Ojha, nadeem, aaron, yadav.. i just wish if delhi had a better keeper.. i really hate ojha and to play him.. wow!! reallly excited being a delhi fan now..

  • abudati on February 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    DELHI DAREDEVILS !!! Other teams better watch out :) :)

  • Sano27 on February 29, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    bit surprised by this deal....Rajasthan Royals is the team in the IPL having less foreign players & Ross Talylor is their most valuable player...this is another foolish decision by RR after they retaining Warne in the last year & losing Pathan from the team...mean while Delhi looks a formidable team but still bit confused with their plannings as they already have KP,Mahela,Warner,Russel,Vander Merwe in the team...!

  • crying_game on February 29, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Warner won't be available till end of april. Pietersen wont be available after 2nd week of may. I gues they needed a middle order power hitter available throughtout tournament. Somewhat makes sense but not sure if it will add balance to their side. Question is, Why on earth did the Royals trade Ross tho??

  • DD_f0rever on February 29, 2012, 15:49 GMT

    Mind u guys, DD always missed a hard hitting batsman / The Finisher down the order. So Ross Taylor will surely play. Warner finds himself in all kinds of trouble against spinners (especially against offies) on spinning tracks. So he might be axed and Mahela will open with Viru ! Pietersen will come in @ 3 to carry the innings forward where Sehwag will surely leave :D. Then Venu Gopal can come in @ No. 4 to give stability to innings in case DD lose 2 early wickets, exactly what Badrinath does for CSK. And then Ross Taylor and Irfan Pathan can come in @ No. 5 and 6 resp. to finish the innings. Not to forget Varun Aaron and Naman Ojha who too can play big & effective shots. Wow! Batting line-up seems pretty good. Bowling attack will be lead by Morne Morkel along with Irfan, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron, Nadeem and Yogesh Nagar. Only hole in DD line-up is scarcity of an experienced spinner who could give company to Nadeem-the left arm spinner. Sehwag will have to do that job with is off spin !

  • Knight.v on February 29, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Dont DD find it neccesary 2 gt a world class spinner.??

  • aditya.continous on February 29, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Delhi owners are back and how! iam an ardent supporter of daredevils and it had hurt me to see them completely dismantling the team last auction. they seem to have corrected most of it... my team wud be : sehwag, warner/jayawardene, peitersen, taylor, ojha, venu/bist, russell, pathan, nagar/nadeem, yadav, aaron/agarkar....i dnt see a place for morkel in the team...he's only good at his home conditions and waste in alien...a bit like how indians are!

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    I dont know why Royals agreed to it. He was the one who could hold their middle-order and provide them a good strike rate in the middle. Daredevils have a made good buy but will have to see the combination of 4 foreign players they go out with

  • on February 29, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Another meaningless buy.. A team that already has Sehwag and warner.. They got pietersen first, then Jayawardene in the auctions... And now Taylor??? This can only mean one thing.. Some serious talent warming the bench!!! All this when their squad literally cries out for at least 1 quality spinner!!! They are doing neither themselves nor the tournament, nor even these players any good!!

  • shikhargupta on February 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    last year delhi daredevils save their lots of money. but not this time. they will goin to rock this time. i will support them

  • DD_f0rever on February 29, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    Hahaha !! hahaha !! OMG ..OMG..What a team Delhi Devils have made. Sehwag, Warner, Pietersen, Mahela and now Ross Taylor - The Finisher :D ! Also, Sehwag and Umesh Yadav have been rested, so they would be fresh to play all the matches. Not to forget that Irfan Pathan is back in form :D ! I put my money on Delhi Dare Devils :P

  • kingcobra85 on February 29, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    wow delhi is a serious team this time around.Warner, Pietersen, Sehwag, Dilshan, Ross taylor...:) If they click I mean no bowling line up will be spared. But their bowling is not balanced enough

  • jonesy2 on February 29, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    IPL is a joke, im boycotting it this year for not recognising awesome players

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    What the hell RR managment is doing with the team, not even a single player worth watching now, This year they RR is going to be at the bottom.

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    delhi r the favorites this time

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Why did Deccan Chargers trade away Kevin Pieterson? What were they thinking? I didn't even see their money purse increasing in the recent Auction. I'm a Deccan Chargers fan and I don't want my team to lose. Sadly, my team is not very good with Auction strategies. I'm very disappointed when Deccan didn't retain Rohit Sharma. And I realized how foolish they were when they bid upto 1.7 million for him in the main Auction. Please Deccan, there are fans waiting for you to take the title again very soon. Deccan Chargers - Are you listening?

  • on February 29, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    what are they trying to do....?????? warner sehwag pietersen mahela and now ross ..... a dream t20 batting line up ....

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Deli is going to be one of the strong rivalries in IPL 2012 WITH sehwag, warner,taylor,and defintly petersion...

  • Singham3june on February 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    grt choice of player because ross taylor is one of the best player in any conditions and half of the series david warner not present in the team so mahela will open and ross play in middle order then dare devils batting order is 1 viru 2.mahela 3.kevin pietersen 4.ross taylor 5.naman ojhal 6.irfan pathan 7.yogesh nagar 8.morne morkel 9.shebaaz nadeem 10.varoon aroon 11.umesh yadav 12. roelf vander merwe

  • ROHANV19951995 on February 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    awesome deal!!! but DD has forgotten they r allowed only 4 foreign players... mahela,warner,peterson,m.morkel are already der...how will taylor find his place???

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    big loss for RR....................................................................

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils used to have arguably the best team: Sehwag, Bhatia, Gambhir, Dilshan, De Villers, Vettori, Mohammed Asif, Nannes. Unable to understand why didn't they retain Dilshan or De Villiers, they are very very good all rounders/ assets in this format. Shaping back to be a good team with buying Taylor, Pietersen and Russel paired with prior presence of Wade, Warner and Sehwag.

  • Romenevans on February 29, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Don't bowl to his leg and keep bowling off side....Bam!! He'll slog you and get out on his own at deep mid wicket. He's a leg side bunny that's it.

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Nice Move... ross taylor is great t20 player in world.....

  • Lakhbir on February 29, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    this tranfer will become most fruitful for double D's. . . . .

  • on February 29, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    why would a team like Rajasthan would want to sell their best power hitter? Guess trading is making richer teams stronger.

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    are shilpa and raj kundra gone to nuts ? they hav lost one gem ; one of the best players Rajasthan had. I agree with Chandimal and Hodge coming in they are gonna hav loads of options to cover taylors place but still ; Ross taylor is one classy players; better than RRs newly signed players and RRs surely gonna miss him in IPL 5 . Plus now ; how are daredevils gonna select 4 foreighners from warner -KP-Mahela-Taylor-Finch -Ingram-Wade - Morkel -russel -bracewell ?

  • DilipanMA on February 29, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    But I dunno... did Delhi trade with Rajasthan Royals? If yes who did they get inturn for Ross?

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    my team got one of the best player in t20...ha h ah haa

  • class9ryan on February 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at d team 1. Sehwag 2.Warner/Jaywardena 3. Pietersen 4.Venu 5. Taylor 6. Naman Ojha 7.Nagar 8. Pathan 9.Aaron 10.Yadav 11.M Morkel

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    whatz wrong with RR management ?????

  • CricketMaan on February 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    No Warnie, No Rossy, but they have got Polly and Wally ..lol

  • swaroop677 on February 29, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    surprising ..............why do the rajastan royals leave him. he is a fantastic finisher. why did they left him.

  • Narbavi on February 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    What have the royals done here?? They are already the weaklings in the ipl and now they let go Ross Taylor too?? too bad!!

  • RohithMedisetty on February 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Good selection but they already have many foreign batsmen. they now have the best top 5 - 1)warner 2)sehwah 3)pietersen 4)jayawardene and 5)ross taylor. even if pietersen or warner are not available due to international commitments they've other players.

  • bhagat94 on February 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    with the inclusion of dd has become a strong contendors for the title 2012 with some hefty inclusion to their side the line up looks like this 1sehwag 2warner 3kp 4taylor 5jayawardane 6pathan 7agarkar 8varun 9yadav 10and11 with some local talent and there is rusell left with his allround capabilitites

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  • bhagat94 on February 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    with the inclusion of dd has become a strong contendors for the title 2012 with some hefty inclusion to their side the line up looks like this 1sehwag 2warner 3kp 4taylor 5jayawardane 6pathan 7agarkar 8varun 9yadav 10and11 with some local talent and there is rusell left with his allround capabilitites

  • RohithMedisetty on February 29, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Good selection but they already have many foreign batsmen. they now have the best top 5 - 1)warner 2)sehwah 3)pietersen 4)jayawardene and 5)ross taylor. even if pietersen or warner are not available due to international commitments they've other players.

  • Narbavi on February 29, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    What have the royals done here?? They are already the weaklings in the ipl and now they let go Ross Taylor too?? too bad!!

  • swaroop677 on February 29, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    surprising ..............why do the rajastan royals leave him. he is a fantastic finisher. why did they left him.

  • CricketMaan on February 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    No Warnie, No Rossy, but they have got Polly and Wally ..lol

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    whatz wrong with RR management ?????

  • class9ryan on February 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Look at d team 1. Sehwag 2.Warner/Jaywardena 3. Pietersen 4.Venu 5. Taylor 6. Naman Ojha 7.Nagar 8. Pathan 9.Aaron 10.Yadav 11.M Morkel

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    my team got one of the best player in t20...ha h ah haa

  • DilipanMA on February 29, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    But I dunno... did Delhi trade with Rajasthan Royals? If yes who did they get inturn for Ross?

  • on February 29, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    are shilpa and raj kundra gone to nuts ? they hav lost one gem ; one of the best players Rajasthan had. I agree with Chandimal and Hodge coming in they are gonna hav loads of options to cover taylors place but still ; Ross taylor is one classy players; better than RRs newly signed players and RRs surely gonna miss him in IPL 5 . Plus now ; how are daredevils gonna select 4 foreighners from warner -KP-Mahela-Taylor-Finch -Ingram-Wade - Morkel -russel -bracewell ?