IPL 2014 news April 10, 2014

Kirsten looks forward to fresh Daredevils start

ESPNcricinfo staff

Delhi Daredevils was the only IPL franchise to not retain any players ahead of the 2014 IPL auction. There were a few strong candidates for retention, like Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, David Warner and Mahela Jayawardene, but none were held on to.

At the auction, Daredevils used their three right-to-match cards to buy back Pietersen, who was later named captain, and domestic batsman Kedar Jadhav and spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. The only other player they have re-signed, in a 23-member squad, is domestic pacer Siddarth Kaul. This, new coach Gary Kirsten has said, was because the franchise wanted to make a fresh start.

"At the auction we made a decision to select a new squad and not retain anyone from last year. We are looking towards working with a new squad," Kirsten was quoted as saying by PTI. "Don't know whether it's a right decision or not, but that's what we have gone for."

Pietersen was axed in February by England for reasons that are yet to be revealed, but Kirsten said he had got positive "feedback" on him from the England camp. "The feedback that I got from that management is that he has been an outstanding player and contributor to the team," he said.

The team's focus now, in the lead-up to their first game against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 17 in Sharjah, is on getting to know each other, Kirsten said. "The guys are looking forward to being together. Eight days before the match, it is an important time to connect. We've started connecting and getting to know each other."

Kirsten is back in India as coach three years after ending his highly-successful stint with the national team. Coaching in the IPL, he said, would be more "intense". "The IPL requires a lot more intensity. It's a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to it. It's good to be back in India personally. I always knew that I was going to come back sometime. I love watching T20 cricket and haven't missed many matches."

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  • Dummy4 on April 12, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Boy daredevils look a top quality side in this year's ipl..A formidable batting line up with world class batsman like kp,duminy&taylo in the ranks.. I think the only area of concern for dd is their bowling.. Still they can cover it up with shami and a few useful allrounders in the likes of coulter nile& neesham..Indian batsmen like tiwary bros.(Saurav&manoj)& DK have to step up their game...But Overall I rate this daredevils team very high...

    hence first xi imo :1- Agarwal 2- Pietersen(c) 3- Any of tiwary bros.(most preferably Manoj) 4- Taylor 5-DK(W) 6- Duminy 7- Neesham/Coulter Nile/Parnell 8- jadhav 9- Shami 10-Nadeem 11- R.Sharma

  • James on April 12, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    DD is a slightly unbalanced team. They ended up with a few dud players like Karthik (for whom they overpaid) and Vijay. Among the international four, I guess Pieterson, Taylor, Duminy and Neesham should play most games. The lack of international bowlers has to be made up from Indian players like Nadeem, Rahul Sharma, Shami and Kaul- these four are also likely to play most games. As a wicketkeeper, Karthik will form the ninth player (also because they have paid so much for him). The tenth slot will most probably go to Kedar Jadhav (or Vijay if they want to open with a specialist player). The 11th player can be Saurabh Tiwary (if they feel that Duminy and Neesham -between them can make up for the fifth bowler) or LR Shukla if they want an allrounder.

  • Axe on April 11, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    Alternate line-up, in case, they would want to strengthen their bowling line-up.

    1. Vijay 2. DK (wk) 3. KP* 4. Kedar Jadhav 5. Ross* 6. S. Tiwary/ M. Tiwary 7. Neesham* 8. Coulter-Nile* 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Shami 11. Nadeem

    Now they have 5 attacking bowlers.

    and batting too looks deep. Coulter-Nile can also bat.

    Tough choice between Duminy and Neesham......

  • Axe on April 11, 2014, 10:41 GMT

    1. Vijay 2. DK (wk) 3. KP* 4. Kedar Jadhav 5. Duminy* 6. Ross* 7. Coulter-Nile* 8. LR. Shukla 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Shami 11. Nadeem

    It is so tempting to keep likes of Neesham, Manoj Tiwary, Saurabh Tiwary in the side but not enough space due to team combination.

    Preferred Duminy over Neesham as former plays spin well, is in good batting-form, has more experience of playing on spinning tracks and overall, and also can be handy with his off-spinners that will be helpful on low slow spinning tracks of sub-continent.

    Jadhav over S. and M. Tiwary as he is in good form and also DD using their wild-card for him shows how much faith they have in him. Perfect for no.4 slot, rotates the strike well and hit occasional boundaries.

    C-Nile, Ross and KP are automatic choices.

    Vijay to open as usual. No other than DK suits for other opening slot. Shami, Nadeem n R. Sharma automatic choices. Shukla IN as he gives the much needed balance to the side with his all-round ability.

  • Manan on April 10, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    Delhi should make to semis this year. I would select the below squad.

    1)DK 2) Mayank Agrawal 3) Peterson 4) Manoj Tiwari 5) Saurav Tiwari 6) Duminy 7) Nathan coulter 8) K Jadhav 9) Shami ahmed 10) Rahul sharma 11)Parnel

  • Muhammad on April 10, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    What's the point of playing with the best international players from across the world in IPL when you can't even produce a "fast" bowler let alone a decent one.

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    my playing 11 wll be.. 1. Vijay 2. mayank/manoj 3. Pietersen (C) 4. Duminy 5. karthik 6. tiwary 7. parnell 8. Shami 9.coulternile 10. Rahul Sharma 11. Nadeem

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    KXIIP & MI in the final....MI will lift the cup.....

  • Dummy4 on April 10, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    I think delhi lacks in d world class fast bowler but kartik should bat at 4 as he is a very good player of spinners...anyways my 11 will be 1.Mayank 2.Vijay 3.pietersen(C) 4.kartik(Wk) 5.dumminy 6.kedhar 7.neesham 8.coulternile 9.nadeem 10.shami 11.rahul

  • creebo on April 10, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Daredevils oversea players should be Kevin pietersen ,duminy coulter Nile and parnell...kp pick himself,duminy so underrated in t20s plus hes inform,daredevils doesnt have much options in the pace department might as well go with parnell and coulter Nile both can bat too

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