Kirsten plays smart and refuses to retain anybody

A Daredevils official said that Kirsten felt that it was better that Delhi go into the auction with their purse full and build a fresh team.

Delhi Daredevils head coach Gary Kirsten (File picture) didn't want to retain players ahead of the IPL-7 aucti …

New Delhi: Having had a torrid time last season, Delhi Daredevils refused to retain any player and decided to into the February 12 auction with Rs 60 crore in their pocket.

And the man supposed to be behind this call is none other than new head coach Gary Kirsten.

Speaking to MAIL TODAY, a DD official said that Kirsten felt that it was better that Delhi go into the auction with their purse full and build a fresh team, rather than retaining a few foreign players as none of the Indian players have fired for the Daredevils.

“We haven't really done well in the last season and there was a need for a complete overhaul and Kirsten felt retaining players ahead of the auction was unnecessary as we don’t really have the firepower when it comes to our Indian stars."

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“You have to realise that Indian players — especially batsmen — win you matches in the IPL and they are worth retaining. There is no point retaining foreign players as you can only have four of them in the playing XI. It is the marquee Indian players — most teams look to have a couple — and quality domestic players — teams mostly have four to five in their outfit — that every team looks to retain as they are the ones forming the nucleus of the teams. Foreigners are at times not even available for the whole season, so retaining them isn’t always a good idea,” he said.

There was a thought that David Warner and Kevin Pietersen would have been retained as they have been the star performers for the team over the last three seasons. But the official begged to differ.

“If we retained Pietersen and Warner, we would use up Rs 22 crore — 12.5 for Pietersen and 9.5 for Warner — and end with just two players. That would leave us with just Rs 38 crore in the purse and needing another 25 players. One needs seven Indians in the playing XI. To think that you can get two-three top quality Indian players and four uncapped Indians in that amount would be foolish. You never know what happens when two teams bid for one player. There can be crazy money splurge for a player who might not deserve it."

“Then, if we don’t use Rs 12.5 crore for Pietersen and release him, we could have a hypothetical situation where we get him in the auction for Rs 6.5 crore. In that case, we save Rs 6 crore by not retaining him and then use that money on uncapped Indian players. With uncapped players coming into the auction, things are going to be a lot tougher,” he revealed.

Commenting on Virender Sehwag, he said: “Few coaches have spent as much time with Sehwag as Kirsten. So I am sure he does realise that it is a better bet to buy him back using the trump card rather than spending heavily on retaining him.”

Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.


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