Maxwell, Bodi replace Ingram and Birt for Delhi Dardevils

Gulam Bodi has played more than 100 first class games, 131 List A games and 62 T20 games in South Africa Getty Images

New Delhi: March 19, 2012

Delhi Daredevils on Monday announced that Indian Premier League (IPL) had allowed the team to bring in young Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and the experienced South African Gulam Bodi as replacements for Colin Ingram and Travis Birt in its squad this season.

Team Mentor TA Sekar said Maxwell reminded Team Manager Aashish Kapoor and him of David Warner. “When Aashish and I watched Glenn in the Emerging Players Tournament in Australia in July last, we saw him as a player of immense potential who loves being in the contest,” he said. “When we watched him bat, we were reminded of how we had spotted David Warner in 2008. We believe Glenn will play for Australia soon.

Maxwell, 23, holds the record for the fastest half-century ever in Australian one-day cricket history (17 balls), striking a breathtaking 61 from 27 balls, eclipsing Australian legend David Hookes’ domestic fastest-50. His maiden first class century came in just his second Sheffield Shield match for Victoria at a run-a-ball pace.

“Besides being a dashing batsman, Glenn is a a solid off-spinner and an amazing fielder, with infectious enthusiasm,” Sekar said. “A multi-skilled player like him will add immense value to the side.”

Sekar said Bodi would be a solid fall-back option in the middle-order. “Gulam was the best available replacement, given that we had to find someone within Birt s base price,” he said. “Just the other day, he made a belligerent 90 off 51 balls with seven fours and five sixes for the Lions against the Warriors in the T20 Challenge in South Africa.”

Bodi, 33, has played more than 100 first class games, 131 List A games and 62 T20 games. Born in Harthuran near Surat in India, he has played two ODIs and one T20 international for South Africa. (PTI)