Delhi left out their leading wicket-taker, Morne Morkel, for Andre Russell, who had played just three matches all season. The omission of Irfan Pathan was even more puzzling. Rohit Bhaskar
The decision to leave out paceman Morne Morkel in the IPL Qualifier-II raised a lot of eyebrows but Delhi Daredevils head coach Eric Simmons defended the strategy, saying it was aimed at finding the "right balance" in the side.
New Zealand captain Ross Taylor may be out with a broken bone on his forearm, but he received a show of support from his team as they said they would wait for the big hitter to get fit than bank on a replacement.
Cricketer Virender Sehwag on Saturday launched limited edition Delhi Daredevils branded gold coins made by The Muthoot Group, the sponsors of the Indian Premier League side in New Delhi.
Delhi boys lead the way in both teams as Kolkata Knight Riders look to begin on a winning note. Nilankur Das
reports. The face-offs
It's not Brendon McCullum, Gautam Gambhir, or Jacques Kallis. According to Delhi Daredevils' Irfan Pathan, the real destroyer in the Kolkata Knight Riders line-up is big brother Yusuf.
Sri Lanka’s Muralitharan joins the South African to torment Daredevils; help team to secure a 20-run victory. Subhash Rajta
To what extent should a cricketer go to please his fans? Ask Kevin Pietersen. During his stint with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the flamboyant England batsman developed a rapport with Shreevats Goswami, who keeps wicket for Rajasthan Royals.
How much is too much? Nothing actually, when it comes to playing in the IPL. Even if that means turning your foes into friends overnight. Debjeet Kundu
When Lionel Messi descended on Kolkata for the Argentina-Venezuela friendly a few months ago, there was supposedly a seven-km long traffic jam that prevented around 25,000 fans from entering the stadium till about half time.