Is there a mistake in my title? Have I written bowler instead of batsman?
There’s no mistake at all. My title is a telling commentary on the Delhi Daredevils’ team for IPL 4. Much as Kochi is a team of bowlers, DD is a squad of batsmen.
The parallels don’t end there. Just as Kochi bought 7 Indian and 10 foreign players at the IPL auction, so did DD. Just as Kochi made unsuccessful bids for big batting fish that got away, such as Yusuf Pathan, Rohit Sharma and Gambhir, DD made unsuccessful bids for bowlers Zaheer Khan and Sreesanth.
Take a look at the squad. Apart from Sehwag, DD have batsmen in the form of Warner, Finch, Venugopal Rao, Travis Birt and Colin Ingram.Those apart, there are five bowlers, Morne Morkel, Ajit Agarkar, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav and Robert Frylinck. There are four all-rounders in Irfan Pathan, James Hopes, Van der Merwe and Andrew McDonald. Naman Ojha and Mathew Wade are the keepers.
Delhi are left with just $75000 after that impetuous buying spree. Let’s see what’s best eleven Delhi can field. Like Kochi, all 7 Indians have to feature, along with 4 foreign players. So the first eleven is likely to look like this: Sehwag, Warner, Finch, Rao, Ojha, Pathan, Hopes, Morkel, Dinda, Agarkar and Yadav. Now do you agree with me when I say that Sehwag is the best bowqler of the team?
Delhi’s bowlers and Kochi’s batsmen complement each other so well that a match between Delhi Daredevils and Kochi is likely to be the most thrilling encounter of IPL 4. I can’t wait for it to happen!
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Jinxatious is the Chief Editor of SportingAttitude.com
An avid writer, on an eclectic range of subjects, he brings to bear editorial experience garnered with a national newspaper in South-East Asia. He also has sportscasting experience, as a cricket commentator, and his passion for sport extends beyond Cricket, to Football, Tennis, and Olympic Sports.