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."

IPL franchises splash the cash
Gary Kirsten joins Delhi Daredevils
Kirsten hopes for 'special' showing
Brother not happy with 'Guru Gary'


“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.

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Royal test for Kings

Royal test for Kings

Preview — Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams More »

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

Have nothing to prove to anybody — Sehwag

The Nawab of Najafgarh says a good run in IPL could help his chances of a comeback on India's tour to England in June. More »

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Duminy steals first win for Delhi

Furious fifties by Duminy and Dinesh Karthik end a long losing streak for the Daredevils. More »

Five things England must do to bounce back

Five things England must do to bounce back

England have appointed a new head coach in Peter Moores. More »

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

AB, Parthiv seal Bangalore's second win

Royal Challengers overcame a stutter to cruise to the small target they were set by Mumbai Indians. More »

‘Felt like helpless minority’

‘Felt like helpless minority’

Former BCCI treasurer Ajay Shirke says emotions got the better of the Srinivasan and he tried to oversimplify things by calling Meiyappan an “enthusia… More »

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

No way back for Pietersen: ECB

Kevin Pietersen's hopes of reviving his international career appeared to end Saturday when ECB managing director Paul Downton said there was 'no way back'… More »

The world record that nearly wasn't

The world record that nearly wasn't

Twenty years ago this week, Brian Lara became Test cricket's highest scorer, but he almost didn't make it. More »

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

Srinivasan can attend BCCI meeting

His status as president of TNCA makes him eligible to attend the Working Committee meeting on Sunday. More »

Moores gets second stint as coach

Moores gets second stint as coach

In a two-year spell from 2007 to 2009, the 51-year-old Moores led England in seven Test series. More »

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh senior players to see shrink

Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month More »

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Maxwell carves his parallel universe

Glenn Maxwell seems to project an icy disdain when at the crease. Match situations rarely faze him and the bubble in which he plays excludes everyone … More »

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

BCCI is not anybody’s property — Dalmiya

Dalmiya feels that Srinivasan’s ‘power hungry’ attitude isn’t helping matters. More »

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

Tough for bowlers: Saeed Ajmal

The 36-year-old believes the T20 format and rule changes in 50-over matches have made a real difference. More »

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

KP ridicules idea of day-night Tests

Kevin Pietersen has ridiculed the idea of day-night Test cricket, saying the game would be so different to proper Test cricket that we will need a whole… More »

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

Rajasthan edge low-scoring thriller

The bowlers restricted Hyderabad to 133 for 6 before Rahane and Binny took Rajasthan over the line. More »

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

Maxwell blitz takes Punjab home

The Kings XI batsman blasted a 43-ball 95 to help his team pull off a massive chase against Chennai Super Kings. More »

BCCI members want independent probe

BCCI members want independent probe

The board members are realising after the Supreme Court's observations that something has to be done — IS Bindra More »

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

'BCCI lacks leaders to take on Srini'

Two former BCCI presidents, Shashank Manohar and Jagmohan Dalmiya, have reacted strongly to the news of the BCCI calling an emergent meeting on Sunday… More »

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Delhi look for first points against confident Kolkata

Preview — The threat of Sunil Narine looms large again. More »

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Bangalore vs Mumbai: A battle of the big-hitters

Preview — Given the firepower in both line-ups, Dubai crowd may see another high-scorer More »

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity… More »

Stressed Trott stands down again

Stressed Trott stands down again

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate eff… More »

PCB starts another coach hunt

PCB starts another coach hunt

The PCB has decided to not extend the contracts of head coach Moin Khan, fielding coach Shoaib Mohammad and batting consultant Zaheer Abbas, and has invited… More »