The big news from the Delhi Daredevils today was that they will not be retaining any player from their IPL 6 side. This news is a little surprising because they have some of the worlds best players in their squad. The axing of these players could backfire, as they could perform for any other side. World stars such as Sehwag, Pietersen, Warner, Morkel and Jayawardene will all be up for auction, as long as they want to be apart of the upcoming tournament. This decision probably will end the concept of the Galactico’s (famously used by Real Madrid).
Topping the group stage two seasons ago, the Delhi fans had very high expectations for last season. The lacklustre performances have forced Delhi’s hand. It is unsure if they will bother to bid for any of their players in the auction, but these will all now be on the open market.
If I were in charge of the franchise I personally would have unleashed some of the younger players complimenting David Warner, Mourne Morkel, Johan Botha and Kevin Pietersen as the foreign players. These are players who will instantly be snapped up by any side in the IPL. Morkel has been one of the leading bowlers in the IPl, over the last few years. He is up there with Malinga and Narine. Youngsters such as Manpreet Junaja and Unmakt Chand deserve another chance with the franchise.
The success of Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings can be attributed directly to having a very settled side. Once Delhi get in their players this auction they should look to retain as many of these for the future. It will be very interesting to see what players the franchise wish to pursue at the auction, I predict that they will go for players such as Yuvraj Singh, Steve Smith and George Bailey.