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Delhi Daredevils mulling Imran Tahir’s inclusion in place of Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock’s (right) place might be in jeopardy in the Delhi Daredevils line-up © PTI
Quinton de Kock’s (right) place might be in jeopardy in the Delhi Daredevils line-up © PTI

New Delhi: May 9, 2014

In order to infuse some life into their lackluster bowling unit, the Delhi Daredevils management are all set to include seasoned South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir in their playing XI for Saturday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. With Delhi’s spin cupboard as bare as ever with Rahul Sharma being clobbered in the two games that he has played and left-armer Shahbaz Nadeem bowling ordinary spells, the team management will look towards Tahir, who has done well in the ICC World T20 claiming 12 wickets.

However it will be a tough decision to drop one of the four overseas recruits. The logical decision would be to drop captain Kevin Pietersen, who has managed only 62 runs in five matches and has looked far from best.

However Pietersen’s reputation and being a leader is something that might prevent the team think-tank from not dropping him.

JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell are automatic choices as far as their form is concerned. The axe then might just fall on opener Quinton de Kock. In case they drop de Kock, then they might have to get an Indian to open the innings.

Mayank Agarwal looks a likely replacement although Manoj Tiwary’s past experiences as a makeshift opener will also be taken into account.

In that case, they might have to drop all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla from the middle-order as Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik are set to retain their respective places in the side as they have chipped in with small but useful contributions.

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