Before India Wasim Jaffer opener felt that Delhi’s capital city‘(DC)’s auction strategy has been a bit wobbly, especially for their overseas picks. DC only picked seven foreign players in their squad for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season.
There are question marks regarding the availability of some of their key foreign players. South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje nursing a hip injury. David Warner has been laid off in a series of empty-handed matches in Pakistan. But he and Mitchell Marsh, who are on the ODI and T20 teams for the Pakistan series, will only be available to compete in the IPL from April 6.
Analyzing DC’s overseas options for IPL 2022, Jaffer said in a discussion about ESPN Cricinfo:
“Delhi got it wrong with their strategy at the auction. They should keep the international series in mind while selecting players. They only picked seven overseas cricketers when the maximum limit was eight. This is not the aspect of DC like the last two years. Maybe Mandeep Singh or Yash Dhull could open. Sarfaraz Khan can play in 3rd place. They will have to adjust a lot to find the best combination.”
According to another former Indian player, Aakash Chopra, the quality of the Indian team in the Delhi Capital team also feels diluted. He further explained:
“They arrested Kuldeep Yadav but on the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin was released. Before that they had Amit Mishra, now they have to do with Pravin Dubey and Lalit Yadav. During the batting, they released Shikhar Dhawan and picked Yash Dhull, Mandeep Singh and Srikar Bharat. ”
He added that the franchise could also suffer due to the absence of Shreyas Iyer, who has since moved to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Chopra stated:
“There is only one Shreyas Iyer, that is why he is selling for ₹12.25 crore. Sarfaraz cannot be his replacement. On paper, promising players, but no pedigree with Dhawan, Iyer and Ashwin is gone. ”
DC retained Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel and Nortje ahead of the IPL 2022 auction in Bengaluru last month.
‘Sarfaraz is in great form’ – Wasim Jaffer sees huge opportunity for Delhi’s young guns
Acknowledging that DC’s 2022 roster doesn’t look strong on paper, Jaffer insists it’s an opportunity for young players to make their mark. He say:
“The quality of the previous is not there. But with the addition of two teams, more young players will have the opportunity to play. It will benefit them. Sarfaraz Khan is in great form. He and a few other players will enjoy that opportunity. ”
The capital Delhi will kick off their IPL 2022 campaign with a match against the Mumbai Indians (MI) at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on March 27.