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Why Delhi Daredevils are favourites to win IPL 5?

April 19, 2012

For those who believe T20 is a batsmen’s game, Delhi Daredevils would be favourite to lift the fifth edition of the IPL. How can a team having batsmen such as Sehwag, Pietersen, Jayawardene, R. Taylor, Warner not be considered as favourites? When they started the tournament, they had purely lacked some quality batsmen, but now with the inclusion of Pietersen and M. Jayawardene, they look a different unit altogether. The intention of the Delhi Daredevils owners were understood, when they put in a huge sum of money to sign Pietersen and Jayawardene.

Sehwag holds the key Virender Sehwag has one of the best strike rates in the IPL, with 165.47 and has amassed 1476 runs. If these stats are not enough, Viru’s presence on the batting crease makes bowlers nervous, for he can strike the bowler out of the attack in a matter of 6 balls. K. Pietersen has been one of the best players in the shorter format of the game and IPL has been one of his favourite destinations to make a mark, where he has a strike rate of above 150. He proved that he could win matches on his own like today when he scored his first IPL century against Deccan Chargers.

Ross Taylor and David Warner may not have a body structure like Gayle,Hayden, Y. Pathan and Pollard, but they can also equally hit the ball long and hard as these well built players. There are very few players in the T20 format, who has hit more sixes than the New Zealander around the world. His heroics were also witnessed in the past editions of the IPL, where he hit many sixes and played some important innings for RCB. Warner, the other small, but yet muscular player has the knack of hitting sixes every now and then. If he can hit massive sixes in Australia, then hitting those lofty blows in India should prove to be a walk in the park.

Hence a team, which comprises of such big hitters of a cricket ball, there needs to be someone, who plays an anchor role. (An anchor role in T20 may mean scoring at a strike rate of around 120, unlike its meaning in ODI’s). Jayawardene is one of the best examples as ‘how to approach a T20 game’. He does not take the leather off the ball. He is elegant and classy, yet so effective. When the chips are down, you can count Jayawardene to up the tempo and change gears, like Michael Schumacher.


The team may have some problems, when K. Pietersen has to leave the IPL due to his commitment with the England national team. But, Warner can easily walk into this team and make for a perfect replacement. Still, Kevin’s experience at this level would be missed in the business end of the tournament.

One weak point with this bunch of mentioned cricketers is their lack of consistency, which could lead to their team’s downfall. Else, they look to be invincible, at least as far as their batting department are concerned.

Those matches, where the batsmen fail, they can count their bowlers to deliver the goods and bring favourable results. They have some good bowlers in their ranks too, such as Irfan Pathan (one of the best swing bowlers), M. Morkel (one of the best fast bowlers of the world), U. Yadav (promising fast bowler), Agarkar (an experienced bowler for Indian conditions) and Nadeem (an impressive spinner coming through the ranks).

Cricket is a team game, so they need to give their best in all departments of the game (batting bowling and fielding). But the way T20 games are being played all over the world; it is the batsmen, which is deciding the fate of the game. Hence, this IPL should be no different. If this is the case, Delhi might lay their hands on the IPL trophy for the first time ever.


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