Predicted XI for IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils

Picking up Gautam Gambhir, keeping hold of Kagiso Rabada and signing Colin Munro at a bargain were the major takeaways for Delhi Daredevils in the 2018 IPL Auction.

The Delhi franchise will be one of the most followed teams in this edition of the IPL. With Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant and Glenn Maxwell in the batting line-up, the expectation of fireworks will be high. However, the kiwi is untested in Indian conditions and both Pant and Maxwell have the tendency to blow hot and cold.

Delhi Daredevils 2018 squad

Courtesy: ESPNCricinfo

However, their biggest positive this auction was getting Gautam Gambhir. The Delhi batsman has guided Kolkata Knight Riders to two titles and consistently scored runs in the IPL. Shreyas Iyer is a bright prospect and the presence of Vijay Shankar and Chris Morris will bolster the middle order. U19 stars Manjot Kalra and Prithvi Shaw are also in the squad but unlikely to feature in most of the games.

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that they would use their RTM card on Kagiso Rabada and have signed Trent Boult as his back-up. While Mohammed Shami is an excellent bowler, injuries are never far away and the lack of a second established Indian fast bowler means one of the uncapped bowlers will have to step up.

Here’s how they could line up in the upcoming season:

Predicted XI

1. Colin Munro

2. Gautam Gambhir (C)

3. Shreyas Iyer

4. Rishabh Pant (WK)

5. Glenn Maxwell

6. Vijay Shankar

7. Chris Morris

8. Kagiso Rabada

9. Amit Mishra

10. Mohammed Shami

11. Shahbaz Nadeem

 

 

(Akhil Nair is the sub-editor at The Ring Side View. You can follow him on Facebook Here & Tweets @akhiln)

 

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