IPL 2017 March 30, 2017

Daredevils coach Dravid rues loss of de Kock to injury


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Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid has said missing a batsman of Quinton de Kock's calibre as well as the experience of JP Duminy will affect the balance and composition of the team going into tenth edition of the IPL.

Duminy has cited personal reasons for pulling out while de Kock has a finger injury, sustained during the Test series against New Zealand.

"It is obviously a big blow when you lose big players like JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock," Dravid told PTI during an interaction at Delhi Daredevils' academy ground. "If these things happen before the auction, then it is easier because you can plan better. But then this is how it goes and you cannot help it."

Dravid is banking on experienced international allrounders like New Zealand's Corey Anderson and Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews to fill Duminy's void but admitted that de Kock is a bigger loss, considering he was a player who could give the team momentum at the top of the order. He was also Daredevils' top scorer during the last IPL.

"We do have talented players like Sam Billings and hopefully they can go up and perform," he said. "We have allrounders like Corey Anderson and Angelo Mathews, so we hope that these boys can stand up and perform and in some way replace JP. But yes, Quinton is a big loss because he played so many games for us and was one of our main batsmen. We had built him up for this season, but this is how life is and you cannot do much about it."

Quinton de Kock was Delhi Daredevils' top scorer in IPL 2016 with 445 runs © BCCI

Dravid is hopeful that the core group of Indian batsmen, including Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant, will have a good season. Asked how he expects Pant's second season to be after an impressive opening season, Dravid said: "I hope it is better than last season from our perspective. I won't say Rishabh is our only X-factor. We have guys like Karun, Sanju, Shreyas and [Aditya] Tare.

"We will also look to strategise better and give the [younger] players a good opportunity. In a format like the IPL, it is also important to rest the players and keep them fresh and we will also look at that and give it our best."

Dardevils were in contention last season for a top-four berth till the last match, in which Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed them. Dravid is hopeful things doing better this time around.

"We needed to win that one game and qualify for the knockout stages but unfortunately we did not qualify. But this time, we will look to start from where we left last season and try and improve further."

Dravid also feels that Zaheer Khan's decision to play from IPL to IPL will not hurt the team as the former India fast bowler is an inspiration. "We have a lot of youngsters in the team and that is where we needed Zaheer, as he brings in that knowledge and sense of calm in the dressing room. You need that when you are playing a tournament like the IPL. Also a lot of the youngsters look up to Zaheer as he is an inspiration."

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  • hoodag7338555 on April 4, 2017, 23:13 GMT

    Get Alex hales and md.shehzad in place of de kock and duminy.......Playing eleven will be..... 1. Alex Hales 2. Rishabh Pant 3.Sanju Samson 4. Karun Nair 5. Md.Shehzad 6. Aditya Tare 7. Chris Morris 8. Amit Mishra 9. Md. Shami 10. Zaheer Khan 11. Kagiso Rabada

  • frankj5872380 on April 2, 2017, 10:01 GMT

    DD should have called Aiden Markram this guy is the next ABD.

  • Brishni on April 2, 2017, 9:13 GMT

    Mate. Use Rishabh Punth and Sam Billings to open. You could have the most dynamic opening at the top of the order. Anyone that's seen Punth knows how he walloped everyone at the U19 WC. Billings is also an attacki g stroke maker. Follow them with Shreyas Iyer and Karun Nair for solidity and then one of Morris / Brathwaite/ Shehzad (Afg) for late order hitting. Pick both Cummins and Rabada for explosive pace at the start. You've got the Perfect team! Attackimg Openers, Solid Middle Order, Late Order Hitters and importantly a very good nowling attack! Time to stop whinging and showing what these boys can do.

  • Gaurav Sethi on April 2, 2017, 2:41 GMT

    Comon David, aren't you excited that it will be opportunity for another youngster

  • NIKHIL on April 1, 2017, 16:49 GMT

    I think IPL is all about right combination in the team. Big players doesn't always suit in a winning combination. Delhi still have Sam Billings who played well last time. Corey Anderson could be X-factor for them as he might be waiting to prove his potential and get back in the national team

  • YATIN on April 1, 2017, 12:29 GMT

    Possible eleven for DD

    Pant Iyer/Bawne Nair Billings Corey/Matthews Tare/Samson Morris/Braithwate Jayant/Nadeem Shami/Zaheer Mishra/Ashwin Rabada/Cummins

  •   cricfan07877114 on April 1, 2017, 10:28 GMT

    according my opening AFG Muhammad Shahzad would be a best option for DD team to replace instead of Q DeKock because Muhammad Shahzad is also a regular Timekeeper and one of the world T20 cricket entertainer in batting . by adding Muhammad Shahzad to the DD team ,DD team can get a lot off fanes just by his glorious helicopter shots and his activity . so here in Afghanistan millions of people are have expectation of Muhammad Shahzad replacement .

  • Brishni on April 1, 2017, 5:51 GMT

    Instead of splurging cash, use the resources already available! Rishabh Punth can open as he did in the u19 world cup. Like deKock he too iscan attacking left handed opener who keeps wickets. Pair him with the right handed Sam Billings and you have the Dynamic Duo at the top to propel the innings.

  • Cricinfouser on March 31, 2017, 20:45 GMT

    They should take Dickwella or Kusal perera to replace decoction. Ben dunk is another best option too

  •   Pacha Khan on March 31, 2017, 19:58 GMT

    M.Shahzad is well known for his batting an opener with good keeping style, better then some full members keeper, replacing de-kock with shahzad would be the right option, he's also a full time keeper just like de-kock. he'll for sure not disappoint DD i the coming IPL10.

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