Their team will be bolstered by Glenn Maxwell’s firepower in the middle-order. Royals are hosting a prominent match after a prolonged gap of little over three years.
Let us look at the predicted XI of the Delhi Daredevils‘ in the upcoming match at Jaipur.
The captain of Daredevils Gautam Gambhir led from the front with his anchoring knock of 55. His role in the team is to bat until 15-16 overs, with the youngsters and the marque players batting around him.
The aggressive left-handed batter Gambhir would hope for better performance with the bat from his boys.
New Zealand recruit Colin Munro gave his wicket away while underestimating the guile of teenage sensation Mujeeb Zadran. He would have to watch out for the spinners in the Royals as the Kiwis aren’t renowned for playing spin that well.
Rishabh Pant came way down the order than expected. The perfect place for him to bat is at number three.
Coming in a five, he scored a quickfire 28 off just 13 balls – to show that his Nidahas outings were just a mirage.
Shreyas Iyer gave his wicket early after getting a start, to a loose stroke. Gambhir and Ponting would hope for a better show in the upcoming games from their retained player.
The return of ‘The Big Show’, Glenn Maxwell, means that the Daredevils’ can take the field with their strongest XI available.
This also means that Daniel Christian has to sit out to accommodate Maxwell in the side.
Delhi Daredevils’ marquee all-rounder, Chris Morris, had a decent outing with both ball and the bat. Gambhir perhaps is missing a trick or two by sending him down the order. Morris might surprise this edition coming in at number four.
Following his dreadful Nidahas Trophy final outing, Vijay Shankar struggled to put bat to the ball after being promoted up the order.
His services with the ball weren’t used in the match against KXIP. Shankar needs to step his game up by a notch to find himself as a regular prospect in the playing XI.
Tewatia impressed with his skills with the ball when the likes of Karun Nair and Stoinis were looking to finish the game early. His one for 24 helps him retain his place in the Delhi Daredevils side against the Royals.
Mohammad Shami’s record in IPL is a cause of concern for Delhi fans. Shami went for 13 an over in two overs he bowled.
Perhaps, it is time to infer that Shami is a long format bowler who struggles to penetrate in IPL, giving away too many runs.
The second highest wicket-taker in IPL was taken to the cleaners by KL Rahul, as he conceded 24 in a single over.
The leg-spinner Mishra would be looking to make a better comeback after going for 11-and-a-half every over from his quota.
Trent Boult will be expected to take few early wickets with the help of his swing bowling. His credentials at the death weren’t tested as the match ended way too early for Daredevils’ liking.