IPL news February 12, 2013

Delhi swap Taylor for Pune's Nehra

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi Daredevils have made a swap with Pune Warriors India, exchanging New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor for former Indian fast bowler Ashish Nehra.

The Warriors had eight overseas players going into the 2013 auction. On auction day, the franchise bought three more overseas players - Michael Clarke, Ajantha Mendis and Kane Richardson - to reach the limit of 11 overseas players. ESPNcricinfo learned the Warriors released South African fast bowler Alfonso Thomas to make space for Taylor in their overseas player quota.

Taylor had been signed by Daredevils for an undisclosed fee in February 2012 from Rajasthan Royals. Warriors will be Taylor's fourth IPL team, after he represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three seasons.

Sushanto Roy, managing director of Sahara Adventure Sports Ltd, which owns the Warriors, said Taylor will bolster their batting, "We are elated to have a batsman like Ross Taylor in our ranks. He will add muscle, panache and of course, experience, to our middle order in the forthcoming season."

This will be Nehra's second spell with the Daredevils, as he was previously part of the squad during the 2009 and 2010 seasons. He produced his best IPL performance during the 2009 season in South Africa, where he took 19 wickets from 13 matches.

In 2011 Nehra was bought by Pune Warriors India for $850,000 during the January player auction. However, he was unable to play the entire 2011 season because of a finger injury he had picked up during the World Cup semi-final between India and Pakistan. He returned next year and took 11 wickets in 13 matches at an average of 36.54.

"Ashish Nehra will constitute an integral part of our bowling attack in the 2013 season," TA Sekar, head of cricket at Delhi Daredevils, said. "We were the best team at the league stage in 2012, and with a player like him around, we are confident that we will go the distance."

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  • yasir on February 15, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    they alrdy hv few quality fast bowlerz lik umesh,aaron,morkel,pathan..i thnk he il nt get a chance dis time...sehwag,unmukth,warner,jayawardene,naman,j botha,irfan pathan,morkel,umesh,aron/nehra,nadeem/yogi..ohhf they can beat ny team i gues..with such a strong bowlin attack n batin line they r unbeatable..

  • Dummy4 on February 14, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    As far as the team is considered a good swap but Delhi is need of a genuine Indian spinner where after IPL-3 we are not having up to IPL-3 Amit Mishra was there who is a genuine turner of the ball. Likewise we should have a genuine spinner anyway fingers crossed on Shahbaz Nadeem and Pawan Negi hope they both stand par and do something for Delhi........ Nehra replacement over Taylor is a good move as we already have most of the batting stalwarts.....

  • Star on February 13, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    It's a good move by both teams. When in forms, Taylor is one of the most dangerous batsmen in the world. Pune will only benefit from having his experience and explosive batting in the middle order. It's also a good move by Delhi. Even though Nehra can be expensive and inconsistent, he is still an experienced campaigner. He has done well for Delhi in the first couple of years. Delhi already got Mahela, Warner, KP & Morkel who will feature in the playing XI, so it made no sense to pay a lot of money for Taylor. When KP goes on international duty, Ryder & Mendis are there to take over. Delhi needed an Indian seamer to backup Morkel and Irfan, so they got Nehra.

  • Sourabh on February 13, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Quite intresting swap.!! Considering the batting powerhouse DD has, they're right to leave Taylor. But taking Nehra in? doesnt seem good to me. They already have good Indian pace options - Umesh, Aaron, Irfan,Ajit. Its spinning dept that they're lacking in. Botha n J.Mendis arent big turners. An Indian spinner would've prove more beneficiary than a pacer. For PWI, taking Taylor in seems a very good move at first. But looking at their sqaud, a question arises - Do they really need an overseas player? They already have Samuels, S.Smith, Thomas, Clarke, Wright, Mathews n K.Richardson ($700k lad.!). And Taylor wont be present for full season. Instead they too should have opt for an Indian batter. A wicket-keeper batsman would be a good choise considering Uthappa isnt a genuine keeper.

  • Sano on February 13, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Pune warriors is the most ridiculous team in the IPL....their problem is not with the talent...but with the surplus of the talented players like clarke, smith, samuels, thomas, graeme smith, luke wright etc.....bit funny in the case of Taylor too...this is his 3rd IPL team from 2011 along with RP Singh....hope he could have played in all IPL teams :P.....

  • CHRISTO on February 13, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    alfonso thomas of pune is out of the team that is why the pune swapped taylor for nehra......fast bowler out....and the swapped another fast bowler for a batsman...is it a right move????????????

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on February 13, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    @Gappistan....Hahahaha Yeah mayb thatswhy BCB is not going to give him the NOC, although he could have been available for 2-3 matches before the ZIM tour. BTW Ross Taylor is a good swap, but might not be as effective as Tamim.

  • Shitij on February 13, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    @saifur.raffael: Sure, Pune management will ensure that he will warm the bench, this season too.

  • Garry on February 13, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    TNAmarkFromIndia Delhi's batting was even more overloaded when the brought Jesse Ryder. Delhi are not really losing anything as on current form Ryder is playing a lot better than Taylor and is available for the entire competition.

  • Binu on February 13, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    I prefer Siddharth Koul over Aashih Nehra for the Delhi Playing eleven