Delhi Daredevils have been one of the underperformers right throughout the history of the Indian Premier League. They had a promising start to their IPL journey, but have not been able to position themselves as title contenders at any stage.
Sadly, they only have themselves to blame for this poor fortune. The Delhi franchise had a lot of good players come through their ranks over the years. But questionable decision making resulted in a lot of premature releases. Most of these players went on to have stellar IPL careers for other teams.
Here are 10 players whom Delhi Capitals shouldn’t have released over the years.
#10 Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav was with the Delhi franchise in 2009. However, he failed to feature in the playing XI and remained benched throughout the season. This was understandable when you consider how well they were performing at the time. They also had a strong bowling lineup which resulted in his exclusion.
2010 was a different story as he finally made his IPL debut. He didn’t have a memorable season, picking only 6 wickets in 7 games. Umesh continued to play for Delhi for three more seasons. His best season with them came in 2012 when he picked up 19 wickets in 17 games.
Since his departure from Delhi Capitals, he went on to play for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. He quickly became one of RCB’s strike bowlers who could pick up wickets at crucial junctures.
Currently, the Indian pacer is in the form of his life and he finished 2018 as one of the leading wicket-takers in Tests.
It’s disappointing that the Delhi franchise couldn’t retain him for a couple more seasons. His experience and fiery pace could’ve helped enhance their lackluster bowling lineup.