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Daredevils don't retain any players

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January 10, 2014

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Virender Sehwag is bowled while trying to cut, Sunrisers Hyderabad v Delhi Daredevils, IPL, Hyderabad, May 4, 2013
No Virender Sehwag for Delhi Daredevils? © BCCI

Delhi Daredevils became the only IPL franchise to not retain any player ahead of the 2014 auction. That means they will have the maximum right-to-match cards among all the franchises at the auction: three. They will also have their full purse of Rs 600 million (approx US$9.6) to spend.

It is understood that the franchise was in talks with Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner till Thursday night, but the negotiations fell through. Though franchise officials remained tight-lipped about what went wrong, it can be understood that the owners were not willing to meet the price the players wanted.

In 2011, they had retained Sehwag, who had been the icon player for Daredevils when the IPL launched in 2008. Sehwag, though, has lost his place in the India team, and had a wretched 2013 in domestic cricket.

While England's Pietersen wasn't in top form in the recently-concluded Ashes, going past fifty only twice in 10 innings with a high score of 71, Warner was at his dominating best. He topped the batting charts with 523 runs at 58.11, including two hundreds and two half-centuries.

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Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

Virender Sehwag should be considered for this ipl.He can be back to the form at anytime.Don't forget he is the only fearless guy to face each and every ball.

Posted by   on (January 13, 2014, 8:34 GMT)

Dardevils should go for Stokes ,Borthwick,Corey Anderson,Buttler,Finch,Quinton de Kock,Alex Hales,Yuvraj Singh,Piyush Chawla,Bhuvi & Shami.This will be a more competitive side.

Posted by IndTheBest on (January 12, 2014, 2:09 GMT)

I'd love to see RR buy Sehwag and make him a captain. I am sure he will turn RR a winnner again.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 11, 2014, 21:00 GMT)

Sehwag should play for rajastan. Best place for him. If not he should be with sunrisers. Only two place. But with mumbai with all the money they will buy him because they can and also DD will not match MI 3 mil price for sehwag. MI need names not performers. Sehwag names means more crowd. MI has enough money so they really do not care they win or lose. Sunrisers and rajastan wants well performing sehwag so for sehwag own interest he should play for sunrisers or rajastan but only sunriser can pay more for him.

Posted by CricketChat on (January 11, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Correct decision by Delhi team owners. With Kirsten taking over the head coach role, I expected something on these lines. A no nonsense man, he would like a fresh start. A team man to the core, he would like those players who plays for team and not for individual glory. Delhi team needs a fresh start in all respects. I think this is the last nail in the coffin for Shewag's career when his own team abandons him in a hurry. Hope he retires asap.

Posted by Rohit... on (January 11, 2014, 17:50 GMT)

Boon in disguise: Sehwag may become millionaire in the auction.

Posted by gauravm5 on (January 11, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Overseas Batsmen: KP, Warner, Hodge (can play as opener or finisher), Bailey (Finisher), Henriques & Luke Wright

Overseas Bowlers: Morkel, Starc and Bollinger

Indian Batsmen: Badrihnath (excellent option for opener or anchor role as big hitters Warner & KP would bat in top 3), Dinesh Kartik, YK Pathan (wont get big bid this time), Venugopal,

Indian Bowlers: Irfan (best Indian available all-rounder, buy through Right to Match), Zaheer, Mishra, Nadeem, Awana.

Backup Indian uncapped players: Kedar Jadhav, Srikkanth, Bisla, Rasool, Manpreet Juneja, S Kaul, Pawan Negi, Imtiaz Ahmed

Posted by   on (January 11, 2014, 16:14 GMT)

Gary Kirsten is doing some fine job by not retaining any of them, not because they lack talent but attitude and team spirit. Whichever team Sehwag is in, he is just a liability with his "I just don't care" attitude.

Posted by sankh2105 on (January 11, 2014, 14:44 GMT)

brilliant strategy by dd. they can have KP, Sehwag and Warner at much lower price with the joker card that would leave them with loads of money to buy others. they should look to buy maxwell, mitchell johnson, kartik, finch steve smith amit mishra and yuvraj hussey bailey. and they should make KP captain.

Posted by   on (January 11, 2014, 5:28 GMT)

Would love to see Sehwag opening with Dhawan in Sunrisers Hydrabad.

Posted by joseyesu on (January 11, 2014, 4:53 GMT)

DD should have retain Morkel in the side. They need to buy some impact players, like MHussey, Hilfenhaus, Sammy, DKarthick, DHussey, AMorkel, Rampaul, Finch, Shakib, Maxwell, Warner(opening), MJohnson, Ojha, AMishra, MPatel, Bailey, Counter-Nile, McLaren. Even if they can get a 8 players on this list, delhi can be a good competitor. Any finally a good captain is needed, but who is there?

Posted by jimbond on (January 11, 2014, 4:34 GMT)

Irfan Pathan is not yet bowling in Ranjis, hence it made good sense for DD to avoid him. KP has really not contributed at the level expected; they can probably try for comparable international players like Morgan or Ten at a much cheaper rate. There are several good young Indian players- like Mandeep Singh, Zol, Chand etc who will be available for reasonable prices. For good pace bowlers, they may have to look at international options like Morris, Mclaren, Holder etc. I am surprised that they did not retain Morne Morkel. Even Albie Morkel and David Hussey have not been used effectively in the past couple of IPLs. Ten Doeschate was wasted last year at KKR- I hope Delhi take him up, and also Yusuf Pathan who may be available cheap this year. Yuvraj is also a very good buy this year- as he may be available at a lower price. Delhi would also do well to get back its domestic player Rajat Bhatia who is better than most allrounders.

Posted by DrHarshBanasthali on (January 11, 2014, 4:17 GMT)

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Posted by repudiaditya on (January 11, 2014, 1:05 GMT)

want to see sehwag open with dhawan... srk shud take him and these two are enough to take srk in to semis again.....

Posted by Baundele on (January 10, 2014, 23:26 GMT)

Good strategic decision by DD. I just hope Viru does not end up joining the KKR. If that bad luck happens his career might be over.

Posted by gauravm5 on (January 10, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

The first team which is going to bid for Sehwag would be KKR followed by Sunrisers & Mumbai. I m very sure he is not going to get big money this time.

Posted by gauravm5 on (January 10, 2014, 20:38 GMT)

Overseas Batsmen: KP, Warner, Hodge (can play as opener or finisher), Bailey (Finisher), Henriques & Luke Wright

Overseas Bowlers: Morkel, Starc and Bollinger

Indian Batsmen: Badrihnath (excellent option for opener or anchor role as big hitters Warner & KP would bat in top 3), Dinesh Kartik, YK Pathan (wont get big bid this time)

Indian Bowlers: Irfan (best Indian available opener, buy through Right to Match), Zaheer, Mishra, Nadeem

Backup Indian players: Kedar Jadhav, Srikkanth, Bisla, Rasool, Manpreet Juneja, Venugopal, S Kaul, Awana, Pawan Negi, Imtiaz Ahmed

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 10, 2014, 18:50 GMT)

Want to see sehwag in rajastan. He is a better performer as underdog than leader. rajastan is his real home. DD has done the right moves. Because with sehwag they were not firing so they let go of sehwag. They can form new identity now with some young group of players.

Posted by Alexk400 on (January 10, 2014, 18:43 GMT)

I do not think DD wants sehwag back. They may want Kevin pieterson and warner. Simple logic is that they are misfiring with sehwag in the team. Sehwag also needs new home. He is not doing well with lot of pressure on him. He is also poor leader. His form and eyesight is real bad now so teams won't offer him anything. Best he could get is 1 million.

Posted by wapuser on (January 10, 2014, 17:18 GMT)

Want to see sehwag In Mumbai.. It'll increase his chance of comeback under Sachin's observation

Posted by Sanath.Shenoy on (January 10, 2014, 17:14 GMT)

Good gamble by DD.. All other teams will have less money in the purse and hence DD can go for most of the players. When the bid will increase for a certain player then they can back down and use right to match card.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 16:57 GMT)

I just hope RCB buys Warner. I am pretty sure Gayle is going to misfire this season, so , Warner might be a good replacement considering his current form and also the fact that he is in the same mould as Gayle. Also, it would help to prevent him from making all those tons of runs for other teams. Also, I read in cricinfo that the new RCB batting and fielding coach. That might help. I'd also like to see KP play for RCB although that is very unlikely to happen cause ABdV is also in the team.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 16:46 GMT)

DD will buy back Sehwag, KP and Warner using their right-to-match cards. That will allow them to feel happy that they paid these players what they attract. Same thing with other players- pay a little extra than what other teams are willing to pay. None of the players are likely to get the offer Jadeja got a couple of years ago. There is no sense to offer maximum when you have the right-to-match.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 16:31 GMT)

well played Daredevils!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 15:47 GMT)

i think sehwag will be the captain of Rajasthan Royals..and there comes the 2 home for RR jaipur and Delhi..:)

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 15:40 GMT)

wooh..wt a brave decision to give other franchisees a golden opportunity to pick some proven t20 players like warner kp morkel ryder etc. n some well knwn ind players like viru pathan umesh unmukt etc. must be very tempting for other franchisees.this auction is gonna b vry intrsting. MI n KKR r knwn for wasting huge amt of money on players either not worthy or who warm bench for most of the tournment like maxwell ..for kkr gauti n dahiya will go for Delhi players..thy slredy hv some bhatia sangwan. expect unmukt or sehwag in kkr. mi will shed tons of money fr warner as they lack a quality opener. being a DD I hope the think tank goes for good combination of players.however my trust on them was broken whn thy chose irfan over gauti a few years back.

Posted by Phorenguy on (January 10, 2014, 15:25 GMT)

@ sharath01 : You are slightly mistaken. To be a competitive side, you would need at least 6-7 world class players (Max : 4 Foreigners & at least 2-3 Indians). Given that the others teams viz. KXI, SRH, KKR & RCB will be left with sufficient purse to bid big, each of the top India player would go over 8-10 Cr+ & each of the top Intl player would go over 6-8 Cr+. Therefore, you may end up paying as much as 45-50 Cr in the auction ring vis-a-vis retention. In the final bid, it would become easier for MI, RCB & RR to zero in on another 1-2 key players and complete their core team rather than all the 6-7 players, that DD would need.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (January 10, 2014, 14:59 GMT)

very good decision.Still i think Warner should have been retained.

Posted by Thamizhoviyan on (January 10, 2014, 14:47 GMT)

@Aditya Kishor Roy , Check twitter, DD have cleared that there is no retention

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:41 GMT)

Okay... my information was wrong. Just saw the official release.

Posted by sharath01 on (January 10, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

very smart decision. i predict them to be the strongest team now with the ability to bid strongly from the rest of the pool. can build a complete team with the full purse

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Atleast Warner Could Have Been Retained!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:34 GMT)

Looking forwars to see if CSK or RCB buys Sehwag!!!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:31 GMT)

They should have retained warner.He is in good form.

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:20 GMT)

interesting to see how much sehwag gets this time..... time for sum fun!!

Posted by marshall on (January 10, 2014, 14:14 GMT)

Nobody is seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for Sehwag, maybe it's end of the road

Posted by Niju_001 on (January 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

Wise decision. But how will they fare in the auction will have to wait and see. Unfortunately for them Sehwag is not at his best. Rest of the they can anytime getback from the auction at much lesser price. No what will happen for Sehwag will there be any pickers for him in this auction?

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:10 GMT)

They have retained KP & Warner. Just saw on news!

Posted by   on (January 10, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Unlike Indian selectors the business men make call without emotional vestiges. Sehwag in his current form I would not be surprised along with Yuvraj goes for lower salaries or even unsold

Posted by shiviverma on (January 10, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

go devils... \m/... i just hope gary kirsten can hand pick the team he wants.... :D

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