Ever since the IPL was introduced in 2008, Delhi Daredevils have put up a formidable challenge before its opponents in almost every season. Despite a decent line-up and incredible performances, Delhi Daredevils couldn’t make it to the finals of the Indian Premier League ever. Contrary to this, the Rising Pune Supergiants are furnished with cricket superstars. Though the team was led by Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni, they didn’t give a satisfactory performance last time. However, both the teams are back with a bang in IPL 2017.
Today, on the seventh day of IPL 2017, we’re anxiously waiting to see Rising Pune Supergiants play against Delhi Daredevils, which is why a comparison of their strengths and weaknesses becomes a necessity.
Why Does RSP have an Upper Hand over Daredevils?
- New Captain
Steve Smith—the Australian cricket team captain across all three formats has replaced Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the captain of Rising Pune Supergiants for this season. This is a very big decision that will certainly rule out in RPS’s favor since Smith has given incredible performances on field in last couple of Matches.
- Ben Stokes—the Trump Card
English all-rounder Ben Stokes is the most expensive foreign recruit of India so far. The RPS bagged him at a whooping cost of Rs 14.5 crores. A fine fielder, batsman and bowler—Ben strokes is the trump card of RPS this season.
- Star Power
The team has caught hold of star players across the nation including Faf Du Plessis, MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, Imran Tahir, Adam Zampa etc. Their batsman can destroy any bowling line-up whereas spinners like Zampa can stump even the best batsmen on field.
How can Delhi Daredevils Impose a Tough Challenge to Rising Pune Supergiants?
Kiwi star Corey Anderson and South African Chris Morris are world-class all rounders that can twist the game in their favor. While Anderson has the world record for fastest 100 in ODIs, Morris on the other hand, is not just a good batsman but also a great bowler. He picked up 41 wickets in last three seasons.
- Smart Selection
While the Daredevils didn’t make extravagant purchases, they certainly invested in smart buys at IPL auctions. They’ve roped in legends like Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Zahir Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Coulter and Ben Hilfenhaus—all experts in their respective fields.
- Strong Batting Line-Up
The daredevils have a strong batting line-up which includes young and energetic Sanju Samson, Rishab Pant and Karun Nair as well as dynamic foreign batsmen like Sam Billings and Carlos Brathwaite.
Considering the positive points of both the teams, we can surely say that it’s going to be a tough match between the two.