David Willey, Junior Dala and 3 replacements for Delhi Daredevils’ Kagiso Rabada in IPL 2018

With Kagiso Rabada IPL 2018 over, find out who can be Kagiso Rabada replacement for Delhi Daredevils
Kagiso Rabada will be a big miss for Delhi in IPL 2018

After ten years of disappointment and misery, the Delhi Daredevils are finally looking like genuine title contenders ahead of the eleventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) as they have a squad which has the potential to go all the way this season. Also, the appointment of serial winners Gautam Gambhir and Ricky Ponting as captain and coach respectively augurs well for the franchise. However, an injury to key fast bowler Kagiso Rabada has ruled him out of the tournament and the Daredevils are now left sweating over their bowling resources ahead of the crucial season opener against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday (April 8). As a result, skipper Gambhir and Delhi’s team management will be on the lookout for an able Kagiso Rabada replacement who can come in and fill in for the world’s No.1 Test bowler. Irrespective of the replacement player they sign up, the Kagiso Rabada news will certainly be a bitter pill to swallow for DD given the caliber and recent form of the young South African pacer. Nonetheless, the franchise will have to put the Kagiso Rabada IPL 2018 setback behind them and move forward in a bid to secure their maiden IPL title.

Here, we list down five players who can replace Kagiso Rabada at Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018:

1. David Willey (England)

The Delhi Daredevils will certainly be looking at David Willey as their Kagiso Rabada replacement given the experience possessed by the English fast bowler. Willey has improved his overall game by leaps and bounds in recent months and always has a bagful of tricks up his sleeve in the T20 format. Furthermore, he has also demonstrated his pinch-hitting skills in England’s T20 Blast and can be used as a floating power-hitter by Delhi if they do go for him. Considering his T20 statistics and numbers, David Willey IPL 2018 can be a great addition to the Daredevils’ setup and can benefit them in all three departments of the game.

David Willey’s T20 numbers – Bowling

T20 Matches Balls Wickets Economy Rate Strike Rate Average Best Figures
147 2394 143 7.82 RPO 16.7 21.83 9/4

David Willey’s T20 numbers – Batting

T20 Matches Innings Runs 50’s/100’s Strike Rate 4’s/6’s High Score
147 111 2097 2/7 142.7 165/109 118

2. Junior Dala (South Africa)

South African Junior Dala could be a like for like Kagiso Rabada replacement for the Daredevils as the 28-year-old pacer has the ability to bowl fast and pick up wickets in the shorter formats. Dala made a name for himself in the recent T20I series against India where he dismissed Rohit Sharma in all three matches of the series. The right-arm fast bowler picked up a total of 7 wickets in the series and could be on Delhi’s list as a substitute for Kagiso Rabada IPL 2018. Another factor which could attract Delhi’s attention is Dala’s base price of INR 20 lakh. Considering everything, Junior Dala IPL 2018 could just be the man to replace his illustrious compatriot in the Delhi Daredevils’ setup this season.

3. Jhye Richardson (Australia)

Known for his raw pace and the ability to hustle batsman, Australian Jhye Richardson could be yet another name that might come across the table when the Delhi Daredevils sit down to discuss a Kagiso Rabada replacement. The 21-year-old youngster has burst onto the scene after he constantly clocked speeds in the range of 150kph during his ODI debut against England. Given his age, height and speed, Richardson could also be a like-for-like replacement for Kagiso Rabada IPL 2018. The skiddy bowler had a decent season for Perth Scorchers in BBL07 and Jhye Richardson IPL 2018 might end up surprising many batsmen in the tournament if the Daredevils place their bets on him.

4. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka)

The Delhi Daredevils will do well to include veteran Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera in their hunt for a Kagiso Rabada replacement as the 29-year-old has been in blistering T20 form in recent months. Perera also has a wealth of experience playing in the IPL as he has represented as many as 6 different franchises (including champions sides like the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians) in the tournament over the years. His all-round skills might also come in handy for the Daredevils if Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris fail to fire this year. In short, Thisara Perera IPL 2018 could be the man for Delhi if they are looking for a utility player to fill in for the injured Rabada.

5. James Faulkner (Australia)

Australian all-rounder James Faulkner can rightly be called an IPL veteran as he has 59 IPL wickets to his name while playing for Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions over the last few years. Faulkner’s ability with the bat may have gone down in recent years but he is still an effective bowler when it comes to the death overs as he possesses a number of different variations which are not easy to pick. That is where Delhi need to make a call if they want to replace Rabada with a bowler who is more effective in death overs instead of blowing teams with pace and swing up front. James Faulkner IPL 2018 could certainly be an option.

James Faulkner’s bowling numbers in T20 cricket

T20 Matches Balls Wickets Economy Rate Strike Rate Average Best Figures
159 3226 176 7.94 18.3 24.98 16/5

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