IPL 2017 news April 27, 2017

Samuels replaces de Kock for Delhi Daredevils

ESPNcricinfo staff

Marlon Samuels has played only 10 IPL matches so far © AFP

Delhi Daredevils have brought in Marlon Samuels as a replacement for the injured wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock, for the remainder of the season. De Kock had been ruled out of the IPL with an injury to his right index finger he picked up during the New Zealand tour last month. Samuels is expected to join the Daredevils squad on April 29.

Samuels was among the unsold players in the IPL auction this year, with a base price of INR 100 lakhs. He last played in the IPL over four years ago, in 2013 for Pune Warriors, the only franchise he has represented so far. In 2012, he played eight matches for them to score a total of 124 runs and take eight wickets. In 2013, he featured in only two matches, with scores of 5 and 3, and only one wicket to his name.

His overall T20 record is more impressive though. In 149 matches since his debut in 2006, he has scored 3757 runs at an average of 32.66 and a strike rate of 117.51, with two hundreds to his name. He has also taken 68 wickets with an economy rate of 7.01.

Daredevils, currently placed second from bottom with only two wins from six matches, play their next match on Friday, against table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden Gardens. While Daredevils posses one of the best bowling attacks this IPL, their batting has cost them a few matches so far. Not one of their batsmen features among the top 10 run-scorers this season and they will further lose overseas recruits Sam Billings and Chris Morris in the coming weeks. Samuels' inclusion is likely to beef up an inexperienced batting line-up that features domestic batsmen such as Shreyas Iyer, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Aditya Tare.

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  • M on April 28, 2017, 20:32 GMT

    @Metman: So does your attitude, but what we gonna do? A man's gonna act however he wants to.

  • Sadman on April 28, 2017, 9:59 GMT

    Such a valuable addition. He was the best among the unsold players & he is much better than many of the players who are currently playing in ipl

  • Ant on April 28, 2017, 8:19 GMT

    As a genuine neutral, this seems strange, whoever is in charge needs to be replaced next season

  • simonp3164620 on April 28, 2017, 3:43 GMT

    Samuels is just like Dhoni... play one good knock every 15-20 matches and fail badly in rest of the matches. I wonder why these players are still given chance to play in IPL.

  • slicks5077821 on April 28, 2017, 0:34 GMT

    Evin Lewis is a good option

  • Michael on April 27, 2017, 18:14 GMT

    Samuels attitude STINKS...everybody getting rid of him and Dare Devils pick him .Even his own Country Jamaica don't want him.

  • Arun on April 27, 2017, 17:29 GMT

    How does a two time MOM'er in the World T20 Finals go unsold? Is it the attitude?

  • Danish on April 27, 2017, 14:07 GMT

    Once DD's England and SA players leave, they should play Samuels, Anderson, Brathwaite and Cummins.

  • Patrick on April 27, 2017, 14:03 GMT

    what DD can do one match at at time starting tomorrow is select a Batting Captain and put the faith and trust in him if at all they can get one International among the top 4 slot. Let the team revolve around him for the nxt 2 matches and take it from there. They have not time to loose. The next slip is going to make them sit right at the bottom. The fact that is when DD goes in to bat the very fact knowing that your captain is actually a No: 11 is downright embarrassing and demotivating as it is the top orders are all rookie players. A batting Captain is the CALL of the HOUR!

  • gargak9365586 on April 27, 2017, 13:50 GMT

    I feel bad for the afghani Shehzad. Such a talent. Cud have tested him instead of this attitude guy Samuels.

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