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Delhi Daredevils’ strong bench filled with talented Indian players could be key to success in IPL 7

Kedar Jadhav will look to carry is exceptional First-Class form into the IPL for Delhi Daredevils © IANS
Kedar Jadhav will look to carry is exceptional First-Class form into the IPL for Delhi Daredevils © IANS

Delhi Daredevils have some good Indian talent for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014. Nishad Pai Vaidya discusses Delhi’s good bench strength.

The one big factor in any team’s success at the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the domestic talent in store. While the international stars form the crux and steal the limelight, the homegrown talents make those crucial contributions to complement the good work done by the big names. At the same time, they may also make a name for themselves with stellar performances. Over the years, teams have realised the importance of domestic players and have picked and chosen their rosters wisely. With all players being put up on auction, the teams had done the extra homework and had set plans in picking the uncapped bunch.

A look at the Delhi Daredevils squad would tell you that they have perhaps the best lot in terms of domestic talent. Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rahul Shukla and Siddharth Kaul are some of the names who could play a crucial role for Delhi if they get into the side. Delhi have not only picked a good domestic lot, but also a few Indian internationals in their roster. They promise to form a very good side. Selection won’t be an easy task for Kevin Pietersen and vice-captain Dinesh Karthik.

Jadhav was the leading run-scorer in the Indian domestic First-Class cricket in 2013-14. It wasn’t just that he amassed those runs, but the manner in which he scored that grabbed the attention. Jadhav scored at a strike-rate of over 80 and kept that going through the season. Not only that, but he matured well in his role and is a much better cricketer. In the past, he has shown glimpses of his talent with Delhi, but may be in a better position to perform consistently now. Agarwal had a decent domestic season and is an aggressive opening batsman as his performances with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) indicate.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla is one of the most underrated players. Having made his international debut at the age of 18, he vanished from the scene and kept performing in domestic cricket for Bengal. A good batsman and a useful bowler, he can add crucial balance to a side, something that is very crucial in the T20 format. Rahul Shukla isn’t a regular for Jharkhand but has shown that he has pace and can be an effective bowler with his skiddy bowling. Kaul is more of a swing bowler, who played for Delhi last season and also made it through to the India A side.

However, it is unlikely that all of them would get a game very consistently. The Indian internationals may be responsible for keeping them out of the side. Manoj Tiwary and Saurabh Tiwary may be favourites to be in the eleven when compared to Jadhav and Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Manoj is coming from an injury, but is a match-winner and should be in the side. Saurabh may not have been consistent after his IPL 2010 performance, but had a stellar domestic season which would push his selection in the side. And with Jimmy Neesham in the side, Laxmi Ratan Shukla may face competition there for the all-rounder’s spot as well.

Rahul Shukla and Kaul would find it tough because Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat are in the side. Shami would undoubtedly be the leader of the attack and Unadkat may be preferred to the other two as he has some international experience behind him.

Thus, looking back, one would say that Delhi had a fantastic auction as they managed to pick good Indian talent with some overseas heavyweights. But, these Indian internationals cannot take anything for granted as there is some serious talent on the bench that can challenge their spot.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)

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