The Indian Premier League, undoubtedly the most anticipated T20 cricket tournament in the World, is about the commence from April 7, 2018. Over the period of time, Delhi Daredevils have tried and tested many combinations , be it with the batting or with the bowling , but haven’t been able to give the necessary impact. Even the fans seem to demand a title from their team this year.
With the set of players Delhi Daredevils has in the IPL 2018 edition , looks like they can make it big this time and turn the tables in their favor . Let’s have a look at the 5 Reasons that can make Delhi Daredevils as this year’s IPL champion –
1. Gambhir’s comeback
One of the most successful IPL skipper is set to return to the home side after a gap of 7 Years. The Left handed veteran has amassed 4132 runs with 35 fifties in 148 matches with 2 IPL trophies to show till date.
Delhi Daredevils have always struggled as they never could get an experienced captain who could lead them when needed. Gambhir , with his aggressive approach towards captaincy might be the Key player who can turn the tides in their favor.
Being the senior most member of the team , Gambhir would be the go-to man for Delhi daredevils for this IPL edition , the experience that he brings to the side in terms of captaincy and batting would definitely benefit the team in whole.
2. Rock Solid Opening Partnership
Delhi Daredevils won’t have any problem while setting the opening pairs who could give them the much needed rock solid start. Delhi Daredevils have roped in India’s U-19 talent Prithwi Shaw , England’s opener Jason Roy , captain Gambhir along with New Zealand’s T20 sensation Colin Munro.
With Gambhir taking command at one end , either Jason Roy or Munro would be accompanying him for the opening stand. Even Prithwi Shaw might get a chance to open up the innings in any case the Munro – Gambhir or Roy-Gambhir fails.
3. Lethal Bowling Attack
Delhi Daredevils seems to possess a highly versatile bowling unit that can tear apart the opposition’s batting lineup in no time. With Kagiso Rabada, Chris Morris, Trent Boult and Mohammed Shami as the bowling spearheads with their ability to bowl at high speeds of 140+ might give nightmares to the batsmen.
Spin wizards Amit Mishra and Shahbaz Nadeem could also prove very lethal and give the pacers a run for their money. They also have a nice blend of All-rounders with abilities to stand up in any tough situation be it with the bat or may give the much needed break with the ball .
With Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar and Gurkeerat Mann Singh they can easily put up a challenge to the opposition.
4. Highly Stable Middle Order
With Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer in the middle, Delhi Franchise seems to have finally strengthened their core. Rishabh pant has proved his mettle in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 trophy by scoring the fastest century whereas Shreyas Iyer made the much needed break through into the Indian ODI and t20 squad.
Not just the young guns , Delhi Daredevils has managed to get in the dangerous Glenn Maxwell and Indian wicket keeper batsman Naman Ojha to add to the middle order experience.
Looks like the middle order is all set to show some nerve-wracking performance in this IPL season.
5. Legend Ricky Ponting as the Head Coach
With the Greatest Captain of all time , an All Time legend Ricky Ponting being appointed as the Head Coach by Delhi Daredevils seems to have inflated their chances of winning this IPL season.
A name that needs no introduction, Ricky Ponting was the Head Coach of Mumbai Indians for 2015 . His experience as Mumbai’s Head Coach would surely help Delhi Daredevils notch up a level ahead than their competitors.
An absolute strategist and perfectionist with the ability to bring out the best from any player , Ponting was the man behind Australia’s World Cup victories in 2003 and 2007. He would also be someone the team could look forward to about the knowledge he brings about the Indian pitches and how to get the most of them.
Ponting’s presence could ensure the Delhi Daredevils their much awaited IPL victory.