Since the IPL started way back in 2008, several changes have taken place over time in all aspects of the league. But only one thing has remained constant – the strategy of the Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) to release their good (some in fact great) players for the following season.
There have been several coaches at the helm of Delhi’s management starting from Greg Shipperd to Eric Simons to Gary Kirsten to Paddy Upton to Ricky Ponting but each of them have taken the unusual decision to release a star player who had done well for them and who proceeded to do well for their new team. Whether or not those decisions were entirely their own or the owners is one which we will never know but their input would certainly have been taken in to consideration in planning for the season ahead.
The first name that comes to mind is AB de Villiers. Few are likely to remember that he hit Delhi’s first century of the IPL. We all know what kind of a destructive and brilliant player he has become. Imagine where Delhi would be if they would not have released Mr. 360.
Next comes the duo of former Delhi captains – Gautam Gambhir and David Warner. Both of them have won IPL trophies with their respective teams. Both of them are calculating captains & aggressive openers who have led their teams to IPL glory.
Then there is the most destructive and hard hitting batsmen in IPL history – Andre Russell. He was with Delhi only for 2 seasons from 2012-13 and played only seven matches in total. If Delhi had retained him and let his bat do the talking, he could have been a star for them.
Last, but not the least, comes this year’s 3rd highest wicket taker who was traded to Mumbai Indians before this IPL Trent Boult. He was indeed Delhi Capitals highest wicket taker in the 2018 season and played only 5 matches in 2019.
Let’s hope that Delhi have learned their lessons and manage to keep their best talent going forward.