Delhi Daredevils have acquired South Africa batsman Gulam Bodi and Victoria all-rounder Glenn Maxwell into their squad for the forthcoming IPL edition, instead of Travis Birt and Colin Ingram.
The 23-year-old, Maxwell has played fourteen List-A games, with an average of 25.44 and has taken 9 wickets at an average of 37.55 in the List-A format. He set a record of the fastest half-century, in Australian domestic List-A cricket matches, off 17 balls. He has also played eleven first-class cricket matches, in the format where he has improved better in, and as many T20 games.
“When the team manager of the Daredevils, Aashish Kapoor and I watched the game of Glenn in ‘Emerging Players’ Tournament’ in July last year, in Australia, we found him as a cricketer of great potential who likes being in the competition,” said TA Sekar, Delhi Daredevils’ mentor.
He said, “When we watched Glenn bat, we remembered how we had found David Warner back in 2008. We think Glenn will soon play for Australia. Apart from being a great batsman, he is also a excellent off-spinner and a great fielder, with transferable enthusiasm.”
“A multi-talented cricketer like him will plus great value to our side,” Sekhar said.
33-year-old Body, who played in 2 One Day International matches and a T20 for South Africa, made his first class cricket debut in 1996-97 and from then he took part in 131 List-A matches with an average of 32.40. He also managed to play 64 T20 matches, with an average of 29.29 having highest score of 98 not out. According to Sekar, Modi will remain as a middle-order choice.
Sekar said, “Bodi was the best choice, provided that we had to look for a player within the base price of Birt. Just one day, he scored an aggressive 90 off 51 balls with 7 fours and 5 sixes for the Lions team against the Warriors team in the T20 Challenge in South Africa.”