IPL 2014 May 6, 2014

Delhi bring in Tahir, lose Saurabh Tiwary

ESPNcricinfo staff

South Africa legspinner Imran Tahir has been brought into the Delhi Daredevils squad for the remainder of IPL 2014 as a replacement for the injured Australian quick Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Daredevils will also be without Indian batsman Saurabh Tiwary, who has been sidelined by an injured shoulder without playing a game this season.

Tahir is expected to be available for Daredevils' match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Delhi on May 7 and is likely to strengthen a weak spin attack. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has taken only five wickets in seven games and has an economy of 7.70. Legspinner Rahul Sharma has played only two matches for Daredevils this season, while part-time offspinner JP Duminy has been wicketless in 14 overs.

Daredevils lost Coulter-Nile to a hamstring injury in their second match of the season, against Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have won only two of their first seven matches.

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  • J on May 8, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Saurabh Tiwary has had the most unlucky year going, after scoring 860 odd runs at an average of 65 in group A of the ranji trophy he wasn't in the rest of india squad for the irani cup, then he had decent runs in the vijay hazare trophy and syed mushtaq ali trophy and was still bought very cheaply by delhi and not even selected for the ODI squad to new zealand or for the asia cup. Delhi haven't even used him yet and now he gets injured giving him no chance to make the ODI squad to england or australia later this year. Its a real shame given india will want a left hander in the top 6 after dhawan most likely gets dropped for his shocking run of form. If saurabh wasn't ever in the selectors minds then why did they bother letting him debut in 2010 and then drop him for no reason after he scored 12* and 37* and a strike rate of 87?

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    I believe IPL playing XI need a rethink. It is preposterous to mandate 7 players from India. That should change. Maximum 5 players should be local. That would still enable 40 players from India playing 4 matches. International players are a huge attraction, they are better players, they are match winners and absolutely better fielders, fielding is one of the great thrill of watching T20.

  • Binu on May 7, 2014, 18:32 GMT

    What is Rahul Shukla doing in Delhi bench? He was very good with RR in the Champions League he should be selected ahead sid koul and unadkat

  • Reg on May 7, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Batting and bowling averages are obviously less important in T20. There the important issues are strikes rates and economy rates. The last time Neesham was selected his strike rate was 147 (best for Delhi) , and his economy rate was 7.25 (2nd best for Delhi), AND he dismissed Raina, AND he top scored. Furthermore, he was IMPROVING. Sounds like a real asset to me!

  • David on May 7, 2014, 9:19 GMT

    If I had a dollar for every time I have read comments by SC fans who say Saffa's can't play, & can't bowl spin, I'd be a rich man today. Here we are, in the Indian Premier League, and Delhi's top 2 batsmen are South Africans, struggling against spin! It is always said that "the real test is spin on the SC!" Yeah? Who is testing who when Saffa batsmen top Delhi's charts, and now those Daredevils are bringing aPakistani born spinner, FROM SA!

    @ ru4real. The batsmen will fear Tahir far more than they fear Kirsten, who is of course, quite ironically, India's hero coach! Tahir was the top wicket taker at the World T20, with the best strike rate, (+4 overs bowled) at ave 10.91. Ummm … that means basically that he was the best bowler in the World T20! I think a lot of batsmen will not forget that, don't you? Those inconvenient stats make Tahir look a lot more fearsome than any Indian bowler!

    Delhi will get more value out of Tahir than they will out of Kirsten & KP!

  • saheel on May 7, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    @Greatest_Game neesham averages 32.13 with the bat and 25.1 in overall t20 cricket. so far in the ipl he has batted twice and made 22 and 8, not quite sure how thats under rperforming for a number 6-8 batsmen in t20 cricket.with the ball there was only 1 innings where he bowled a full 4 overs and his figures were 1-29 which isn't bad at all. not saying hes the greatest player ever but numbers and averages don't really show anything when the guys only batted twice and bowled a over here and there.

  • David on May 7, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    @ regofpicton commented " i still cannot see why Neesham was dropped - a real puzzle."

    Really? A puzzle? This may help: Neesham's batting average is 15, and his bowling average is 77. The rule of thumb for judging an all rounder is that his batting average should exceed his bowling average. Neesham's bowling average is FIVE TIMES his batting average. FIVE TIMES!!!! It is supposed to be LESS if he truly is an all-rounder. If he is simply a batsman, he's not any good. If he is simply a bowler, he is not any good either. And as an all-rounder, he's no good at all.

    I have nothing against the man. He just did not perform. Like KP, whose batting average is 18.66. Taylor averaged 27.5. At least he did something.

  • Reg on May 7, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    While KP might come good at any time i think Taylor must start to come into the reckoning for Delhi. And i still cannot see why Neesham was dropped - a real puzzle.

  • ESPN on May 6, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    delhi should bring experienced fast bowler in their side immediately otherwise they cant defend any total

  • henry on May 6, 2014, 20:30 GMT

    another South African, which means another will miss out if he plays...cant be a batsman as they need as many as they can get. For me ...KP goes and Taylor comes in...Parnell out and play Tahir...although I don't think he will bring to much fear to too many. Need to change something as what the SA coach has bought to the table so far isn't working.

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