Despite having a squad full of elements, Delhi Daredevils (DD) have failed to impress over the past few years in Indian Premier League (IPL). Under Zaheer Khan, they looked more threatening but could not manage a spot in the play-offs. This year, the team will miss Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy — two of their biggest overseas stars. However, they have a good domestic strength and this article is your guide to the dark horses of the team who have the potential to fill in the big shoes. RCB vs DD, IPL 2017, match 5 preview: Daredevils eye promising start amidst injury-hit squad
Navdeep Saini (India, uncapped)
Contract Worth: INR 1,000,000
Among the Zaheer Khans and Kagiso Rabadas is one Navdeep Saini of Indian domestic circuit for whom numbers tell the tale. Saini has been Delhi’s frontline pacer and has maintained his spot with consistent performances. He also impressed one and all by taking the wickets of David Warner, Glenn Maxwell and Matt Renshaw in the tour match against Australia.
IPL history: Debut
Ankit Bawne (India, uncapped)
Contract worth: INR 1,000,000
With a First-Class average of over 50, Ankit Bawne surely deserves a chance in DD’s playing XI. Bawne’s T20 average is 33.15, with a highest of an unbeaten 90. The Maharashtra batsman has been in a good form this domestic season, with a record-breaking partnership in Ranji Trophy with Swapnil Ghugale, adding 594 runs. A bowling-heavy DD may as well want to boost their batting with someone like Bawne who knows the Indian grounds well.
IPL history: Debut
Shreyas Iyer (India, uncapped)
Contract worth: INR 26,000,000
Among the most talented and consistent batsmen in the Indian domestic is Shreyas Iyer. Picked for INR 2.6 crore for IPL 2015, Iyer was one of their leading run-getters, with a highest of an 83. DD have a strong bowling line-up led by Zaheer Khan for IPL 10 but will need good batsmen to match up to that. With consistent run in First-Class, List A and domestic T20 matches so far, Iyer will be DD’s perfect choice for the top-order batting and is sure to impress all with his batting.
IPL history: picked by DD in 2015
Matches: 20 | Runs: 469 | Ave: 24.68 | SR: 121.81 | 50: 4
Squad: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh, JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.