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CM Gautam joins Delhi Daredevils on one-year deal

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 12, 2013

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Muralidharen Gautam scored a century, Tamil Nadu v Karnataka, Ranji Trophy, Group B, 4th day, Chennai, November 12, 2012
CM Gautam was third highest run-scorer in the Ranji Trophy behind Jiwanjot Singh and Abhishek Nayar © K Sivaraman
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The Delhi Daredevils have signed Karnataka's wicketkeeper-batsman CM Gautam on a one-year contract for the sixth edition of the IPL, which is to commence April 3.

Gautam had previously played four seasons for Royal Challengers Bangalore before being released last November.

He recently enjoyed a successful Ranji Trophy season, scoring two double-hundreds and a century, to finish off the tournament as the third highest run-getter with 943 runs at an average of 117.87. He has scored 2528 runs in 40 matches at first-class level, at an average of 51.59.

Daredevils have the services of two other wicketkeepers in Naman Ojha - who has played most often for them - and Puneet Bisht.

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Posted by class9ryan on (February 15, 2013, 0:08 GMT)

Gautham and Naman Ojha both should be used as openers because Delhi lack good lower order batsmen

Posted by StarHawk on (February 13, 2013, 22:47 GMT)

The Daredevils are making all the right moves this off-season. They bolstered their spin department by getting Botha and Mendis. They improved their seam bowling by signing up Sid Kaul and trading for Nehra. They further strengthened their amazing batting by getting couple of good domestic talents in Kedar Jadhav and Gautam.

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 13, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

KL Rahul of Karnataka or Sanju V Samson of Kerala will raplace Dhoni the WK batsman

Posted by Jacobchikku on (February 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT)

IF he is a threat to MSD!! then he will be ignored for India selections for the next 5 years... thats Dhoni style, he want guys like Parthiv, Karthik or Saha to be the India wicketkeepers, so that MSD's spot is never under the scanner!

Posted by crkt4evr on (February 13, 2013, 3:19 GMT)

good luck gautam! good to c ranji performances being rewarded

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 12, 2013, 14:32 GMT)

Gautam should be in the mix of wicket keepers instead of always going back to Karthik and Patel or Saha

Posted by ShashidharHundi on (February 12, 2013, 14:01 GMT)

Wow !!! Good for Gautham. If used thoughtfully, he can be a good T20 player. Good luck Gautham & wish you a good success in IPL.

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