West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels has finally found an Indian Premier League (IPL) home. After going unsold in the IPL Player Auction earlier this year in Bengaluru, Samuels has finally made a late entry to IPL 10, as Delhi Daredevils (DD) have signed him as a replacement to injured Quinton de Kock. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman was ruled out of the tournament even before it started. His compatriot JP Duminy, also a DD player, had also pulled out of IPL 10. But surprisingly, DD did not bring in their replacements. However, their batting has been the bone of contention in the games played so far, and adding Samuels to the squad is being seen as a move to fix the fragile batting.
Samuels, man of the finals in West Indies’ both World T20 wins, is not new to the IPL. He has earlier played for the now-defunct Pune Warriors India. The 36-year-old batsman has played 71 Tests, 187 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 55 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for West Indies. Predominantly a top-order batsman, Samuels has the ability to chip in with key overs of his cunning off-spins. Recently, he was a part of the victorious Peshawar Zalmi side in the second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Earlier, the news of Samuels joining DD was revealed by franchise’s CEO Hemant Dua, who tweeted:
— Hemant Dua (@inspiranti) April 27, 2017
DD next play table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Friday in an away match at the Eden Gardens. With two wins from six matches, they are currently sixth in the standings. They would hope Samuels’ experience helps them go the distance in IPL 2017.