Only time will tell whether Delhi Daredevils management got it horribly wrong at the Indian Premier League auctions bidding for eight fast bowlers but their coach Greg Shipperd is certainly a worried man as far as the nature of the Kotla track is concerned.
The Feroz Shah Kotla track in New Delhi over the years has slowed down considerably and it’s been a hard work for pacers who now have to really bend their backs as the ball keeps low.
“Yes, the pitch is a concern. But we will have to use our part-timers well,” the coach couldn’t come up with a convincing answer when asked about the logic of picking up eight fast bowlers (Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Ashok Dinda, Varun Aaron, Irfan Pathan, Ajit Agarkar, Aavishkar Salvi, Andrew McDonald) when their home ground isn’t suited for fast bowling.
There has been a mass exodus from the Delhi team which was one of the most formidable during the first three years but the Australian thinks that it will be an opportunity for the youngsters to make a mark.
“We have a young group of players who are eager to make a mark at the big stage. This is an ideal platform to shine and we have youngsters who have the spirit and hunger to do well,” Shipperd said.
Asked about the younger players, Shipperd was prompt in naming 17-year-old Delhio opener Unmukt Chand as the “one for the future.”
“Unmukt Chand is a terrific talent and I feel that he is a future India prospect,” was Shipperd’s assessment about the player who has been the find of this Ranji Trophy season. Agencies