IPL 2012 March 19, 2012

Delhi Daredevils pick Bodi, Maxwell

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi Daredevils have picked Victoria allrounder Glenn Maxwell and South Africa batsman Gulam Bodi in their squad for the upcoming IPL season, in place of Colin Ingram and Travis Birt.

Maxwell, 23, has played 14 List A games, averaging 25.44 and has picked up nine wickets at 37.55 in the format. He holds the record for the fastest half-century, off 17 balls, in domestic List A cricket in Australia. He's also played 11 first-class matches, a format he's fared better in, and as many Twenty20 games.

"When Aashish [Kapoor, the Daredevils team manager] and I watched Glenn in the Emerging Players' Tournament in Australia in July last, we saw him as a player of immense potential who loves being in the contest," the Daredevils team mentor TA Sekar said in a release. "When we watched him bat, we were reminded of how we had spotted David Warner in 2008. We believe Glenn will play for Australia soon.

"Besides being a dashing batsman, Glenn is a solid offspinner and an amazing fielder, with infectious enthusiasm," Sekar said. "A multi-skilled player like him will add immense value to the side."

Bodi, 33, has played two ODIs and a Twenty20 for South Africa. He made his first-class debut in 1996-97 and since then has played 131 List A matches in which he's averaged 32.40. He's also played 64 Twenty20s, averaging 29.29 with a highest of 98 not out. Sekar said he remains a middle-order option.

"Gulam was the best available replacement, given that we had to find someone within Birt's base price," he said. "Just the other day, he made a belligerent 90 off 51 balls with seven fours and five sixes for the Lions against the Warriors in the Twenty20 Challenge in South Africa."

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  • Dummy4 on March 21, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    @ samroy , Andre Russell is With Delhi Daredevils & Sunil Narine is with KKR .Ravi Rampaul was Sure to Miss 70-75 % of IPL therefore , He was Not Picked By any . @ Axe_hay ,yes I too am Dissapointed that They Did Not Pick David Weise . I am A Fan of That Guy's Talent . And he Would have Only Cost 20,000 USD , Cheaper than Birt . Maxwell is Good All-Rounder , Considering Many Players DD has Picked Have Gone on to Play for Their National Teams . Lets Hope for the Best !

  • $$ milind on March 20, 2012, 15:08 GMT

    @fajju09876: Thank God Ingram is injured, atleast Bodi is a better Match-winner than him. U should thank Ingram 2 b injured

  • $$ milind on March 20, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    What happnd 2 TRAVIS BIRT ? How well did he play in d Big Bash League...... Well i think Bodi is a good replacement for Ingram as Colin doesnt look 2 b a match-winner, he looks as just stabalizing element in d line-up.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Gulam Bodi is the very good twenty20 player.delhi daredevils made good job

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    Maxwell is a good replacement,i saw him performing in the big bash league.he is a hard hitting batsman specially against batsman.

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Y these guys wer replaced ???? wat hapened to birt and ingram ???

  • Dummy4 on March 20, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    Bodi was the most feared opening 2020 bastman for the last 3 seasons. He has won more domestic trophies than any other player I know and that's with the Dolphins and Titans. Opening for the Titans which include Faf du plesseis, AB d villiers, Morkel brothers Steyn is no position you get given but earned and rightly so. Bodi was part of the team which won the emerging players tournament and also the highest run scorer againt Sri Lanka A hitting 400 runs in 4 inning 50 over. Ooh 98 not out last year and 90 few days ago in the 2020 aginst bowlers like Botha, Boje, Parnell Ingram to name a few.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    maxwell is a gud player and an agressive one...but y did they pick bodi...he is a waste,,,,there are better south african players thn him

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    they shuld hv taken rob nicol.

  • Star on March 19, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Birt & Wade were let go by Delhi Daredevils. Colin Ingram will miss this year's IPL due to personal reasons.

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