They have tasted the shami kebabs, the dal frys and the biryanis. But the Victoria Bushrangers, in town for over a week now, will get a real taste of Delhi when they take on the Daredevils in their first match of the Champions League Twenty20 on Friday.
Let’s get real. They might not have met each other on the field before, but both teams should know each other inside out.
After all, the two coaches, Greg Shipperd (Victoria) and David Saker (Delhi), have worked with each other’s team, pacer Dirk Nannes, who has played all his club cricket for Victoria, will be plotting their downfall along with his Delhi teammates, and both teams gave some very exciting domestic players.
But yes, who can forget the heavyweights, the ball-bludgeoners in the Dilli team? From our very own fully explosive, and now fully fit, Nawab Virender Sehwag, the world’s best Test batsman at the moment, Gautam Gambhir and that maverick, Sri Lankan Tilakratne Dilshan, Delhi sure look like they mean business.
As for the bowling, Ashish Nehra and Nannes will undoubtedly make for a pataka pace factory.
The Victorians will bank on the experience of captain and Australia’s new star Cameron White, the old head of Brad Hodge and the all-action approach of David Hussey.
This tournament with a fat paycheque of $6 million, however, is also a chance for the domestic players to earn a sliver of the limelight. Let’s give them some space too.
These almost-there men like the ever-dependable Mithun Manhas and Rajat Bhatia for the Daredevils and power-hitters Aiden Blizzard, Bryce McGain are some of the jewels for Victoria.
During a nets session on Thursday evening, Saker, who could know more than a few Victoria secrets, said the match would be intense.
“I know a lot about the Victoria team and Shipperd knows a lot about Delhi. It is going to be a very tricky situation,” he said.
Shipperd, meanwhile, was pinning his hopes on the young Victorians. “It is our one big opportunity. We have the younger boys who are desperate to play their best,” he said.
So will the daring Delhi devils down the desperados from Victoria?
We don’t know. What we do is, Friday is going to be a good night.
Blues v Diamonds
One can give the opponents some ‘Blues’ and the other is like uncut diamonds. Billed as title contenders, the New South Wales Blues will look to get off to a flying start against the Diamond Eagles from South Africa.
Led by Simon Katich, the Blues have a formidable side comprising Brett Lee, Doug Bollinger, Stuart Clark and Nathan Bracken, to name a few.
For the Eagles, captain Boeta Dippenaar will look to give the team the perfect flight. Playing first on the Kotla wicket, the match could pull off a few surprises.