Delhi Daredevils continued their impressive run in the IPL Auction 2018 after they bagged the New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult for INR 2.2 Cr. While Boult will feature in the IPL 2018 one man who will not play in the competition is Dale Steyn who went unsold at the auction.
Delhi managed to sign the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy and Kagiso Rabada on Day 1 of the auction and were keen to add another fast bowler to their group.
Coach Ricky Ponting wanted to go after Joffra Archer but Rajasthan Royal decided to sign him for over 7 Cr. yesterday, which left Ponting no choice but to enter the bidding war for New Zealand star Trent Boult.
The Kiwi pacer has played for Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past and was expected to draw out big bids. However, contrary to the belief it was only his past employers Mumbai and Hyderabad who went after his signature.
Having started the bid at 1.6 Cr, Mumbai and Hyderabad outbid each other until the 2.1 Cr when Delhi Daredevils submitted their first offer and it ended up being the decisive one as Mumbai and Hyderabad pulled out of the race to sign Boult.
Delhi Daredevils now have the pace battery of Kagiso Rabada, Mohd Shami and now with Trent Boult joining the squad, Delhi can afford to play Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav as their 2 frontline spinners and then rely on their strong batting lineup to chase or set up huge targets.
While it was a happy auction for Boult, South African pacer Dale Steyn could not attract any bids from the IPL sides following his injury struck 2017 and 2018. Steyn did manage to make a comeback against India in the recently concluded test series but could not even complete that match.
It was always going to be tough for Steyn to get auctioned and his fears came true and no IPL team decided to gamble on Steyn’s fitness and sign him as a foreign star. We hope Steyn indeed manages to fight off his injury scares and comes back on the pitch fitter and more menacing than ever.