In a day and age where the experience vs youth debate has polarised and divided opinion in the country as only a Shahrukh Khan vs Aamir Khan debate can, a team that harmonizes these two vital aspects will always be a force to reckon with.
And it is the Delhi Daredevils that offers this heady cocktail in the IPL. With the guile and substance of Glenn McGrath, Daniel Vettori, Shoaib Malik and captain Virender Sehwag set to align with the spunk of Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Asif, AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik, Farveez Maharoof et al, the Daredevils have enough ammunition to blow any opposition on their day.
In a tournament whose appeal lies as much in glamour as in cricketing credentials — in fact the allure of the former is much more — the Daredevils also have a fitting brand ambassador in Akshay Kumar who, if doesn’t match the charisma and artifice if Shahrukh or the vivacity of Preity Zinta, is equally accomplished in sporting and acting matters, something that the owners of the team highlight with alacrity.
In Sehwag, Daredevils have a skipper who can intimidate and destroy. In Gambhir they have an opener who has taken to Twenty20 cricket as iron does to magnet. In de Villiers, they have one of the most promising bats in international cricket who can be lethal when in flow. Then there are also the socalled “lesser mortals” — players whose names won’t pack stadiums but who are no less talented and able — who really can compete with the cream.
Ask any player about the prospect of Mithun Manhas, Shikhar Dhawan, Pradeep Sangwan, Amit Mishra, Manoj Tiwary and
Rajat Bhatia playing for one team, and he will tell you that it is indeed a frightening one. For Delhi Daredevils, all of them are not even guaranteed to start. This should provide some idea about the strength in depth of the Daredevils.