Delhi Daredevils head coach Rahul Dravid said that missing a batsman like Quinton de Kock quality and the experience of JP Duminy might affect the stability and composition of the team going into the season tenth edition of the IPL.
South African Duminy has mention of personal reasons for pulling out as de Kock has a finger injury, sustained during the Test series against New Zealand.
The 44-year-old Daredevils coach Dravid said to PTI during the communication at Delhi Daredevils’ academy ground. “It is obviously a big blow when you lose big players like JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock. If these things happen before the auction, then it is easier because you can plan better. But then this is how it goes and you cannot help it.”
Dravid is collecting veteran international all-rounders like New Zealand Corey Anderson, Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews to fill Duminy’s annulled but said that de Kock is a bigger loss.
Dravid said “We do have talented players like Sam Billings and hopefully they can go up and perform. We have all-rounder’s like Corey Anderson and Angelo Mathews, so we hope that these boys can stand up and perform and in some way replace JP.”
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“But yes, Quinton is a big loss because he played so many games for us and was one of our main batsmen. We had built him up for this season, but this is how life is and you cannot do much about it.”
Dravid believes that core group of Indian batsmen will have a good season like Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer.
When asked about the expectations of Pant’s second season to be after an impressive opening season, Dravid said “I hope it is better than last season from our perspective. I won’t say Rishabh is our only X-factor. We have guys like Karun, Sanju, Shreyas and [Aditya] Tare.”
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“We will also look to strategise better and give the [younger] players a good opportunity. In a format like the IPL, it is also important to rest the players and keep them fresh and we will also look at that and give it our best, said Dravid.