IPL outfit Delhi Daredevils want Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in their team for the upcoming India Premier League (IPL), report suggested.
Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who had featued in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders in the past seven seasons, was earlier released by the Kolkata outfit for the upcoming edition of the money-spinning tournament. With Shakib now available through an auction, Delhi Daredevils are apparently interested in the Bangladesh talisman.
A spokesperson for the Delhi Daredevils confirmed their interest in the top all-rounder from Bangladesh.
The all-rounder’s name will be in the present along with one thousand and 122 cricketers when the IPL auctions take place on January 27 and 28 at Bengaluru.
The sixth edition of the the IPL auctions will also feature seven other Bangladsh players Tamim Iqbal Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Abul Hasan.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians in all likelihood will be retaining skipper Rohit Sharma along with Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, while under-performing Delhi Daredevils may keep Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in their stable ahead of the IPL auction on January 27.
While the last date of submission for the player retention is January 4, the franchises are more or less certain about the kind of players they would like to retain and the ones they would buy back with Right To Match (RTM) cards.
“Skipper Rohit Sharma is an automatic retention having led the team to three IPL titles. Hardik Pandya is one of the big match-winners and the interesting third retention would be Krunal Pandya,” a senior BCCI official in the know of things told PTI on Monday.
“Krunal being an uncapped Indian can be retained for only Rs 3 crore instead of Rs 7 crore for third capped player. Also Krunal was an exceptional performer last year,” he added.
It is learnt that it is a strategic decision to retain Krunal as this will enable the franchise to buy back Kieron Pollard and Jasprit Bumrah with the ‘Right To Match’ cards.
“MI has been the biggest advocate of five retentions. These five are their core group of match winners and it will be surprising if they deviate from this strategy,” the BCCI official said.
It is learnt that Delhi are still undecided about having two or three retentions but Pant and Iyer being India players are certain to be retained.
“If you retain two capped players, you spend Rs 21 crore (Rs 12.5 crore for Player 1 and Rs 8.5 for Player 2) instead of Rs 33 crore for three capped players (Rs 15 crore for Player 1, Rs 11 crore for Player 2 and Rs 7 crore for Player 3),” the official explained.
Steve Smith is expected to be retained by Rajasthan Royals after having spent two years at the Rising Pune Supergiants.
he Chennai Super Kings are set to retain three of their marquee players — skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, IPL superstar Suresh Raina and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja while Dwayne Bravo, if fit, is all but certain to be bought back with Right To Match card.
David Warner looks certain to be retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad who can also retain the immensely talented Deepak Hooda by paying Rs 3 crore for the uncapped player just like MI will be doing for Krunal.
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.