Delhi Daredevils has had bad IPL campaigns so far. Of the 10 tournaments that it played, it qualified only thrice for the semi-finals but never made it to the final. With the auction coming up early next year, DD would need to closely evaluate which players would be most beneficial for the team to retain.
Here are the players that Delhi Daredevils should absolutely retain (2 retention + 3 RTM card) for the 2018 season:
1. Chris Morris
Chris Morris is a quality all-rounder worth so much in any form of the game and in T20s, they are like gold dust. It would be a blessing in disguise for DD to have an all-rounder who can bowl four overs whenever he takes the field and score crucial runs with the bat whenever needed.
DD bought Christopher Morris in 2016 IPL Auction for ₹7,00,00,000
Without a shadow of a doubt, Morris has been Daredevils’ best player in the last couple of seasons and it will be a huge blunder if the franchise decides to let him go. He is capable of bowling four overs in every game with at least two of them coming in the death overs.
Letting Morris go will not only be a huge loss for Delhi but also a massive advantage for whichever team manages to pick him up. The Delhi fans will hope that the franchise has learnt from its past mistakes and not release a player of Morris’ caliber ahead of the next season.
2. Shreyas Iyer
DD signed Shreyas Iyer in the 2015 player auction for a whopping Rs. 2.6 crores, making him the IPL’s highest paid uncapped player.
He amassed 439 runs in 14 innings with a strike rate of 128.36 to become the ninth most consistent player in the tournament. He also bagged the Emerging Player Award that year.
The youngster has the potential to replicate Kolhi’s successes and can effectively lead DD’s batting lineup.
3. Sanju Samson
Ever since making his debut for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, Sanju Samson has looked promising with the bat. When the team was banned for two years, he was bought by Rahul Dravid’s Delhi Daredevils and continued to grow as a batsman under the guidance of the former Indian skipper.
DD bought Sanju Samson in 2016 IPL Auction for ₹4,20,00,000
The 2016 season was a breakthrough one for the youngster from Kerala as he amassed 386 runs in 14 matches at an average of 28 and strike-rate of 141. He also scored a century in the tournament and put an end to the “can’t score runs fast” tag.
He, along with Rishabh Pant, played a key role for Zaheer Khan and his men in the tenth edition. With age on his side and the prospect of representing India at the top level in the near future, Delhi Daredevils will look to retain the right-hander.
4. Rishabh Pant
One of the brightest spots for Delhi Daredevils in the tenth edition of the IPL was Rishabh Pant.
DD bought Rishabh Pant in 2016 IPL Auction for ₹1,90,00,000
The left-hander wasn’t used very smartly by the team management as he was made to bat down the order in most of their matches and by the time he was promoted to No. 3, the season was all but over for the Daredevils.
There were reports that Daredevils’ mentor Rahul Dravid advised the franchise to retain Pant and it remains to be seen whether they take heed of his advice.
5. Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock is already one of the best batsman going around at the moment. In the last three years he has been sensational and credit should be given to Delhi Daredevils for buying the youngster in the 2013 auction.
The way de Kock is progressing, it won’t be a surprise if he becomes as good a limited-overs batsman as Virat Kohli in the near future. The left-hander is already on his way to greatness as he has toppled various records with ease and is in the same bracket as the likes of Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, David Warner and AB de Villiers,
Signing De Kock was one of the best decisions made by the franchise ever since its inception in 2008 and Delhi should retain him in the next auction instead of releasing him like they did with David Warner, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell.
Delhi could not avail of his services in this year’s IPL due to a finger injury and they should make sure that their batting line-up revolves around the wicket-keeper batsman irrespective of who they sign in the 2018 IPL auction.