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IPL 2018: Five players who are dark horses for Delhi Daredevils this season

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2.17K   //    11 Apr 2018, 15:40 IST

Gautam Gambhir is the leading man for DD.
Gautam Gambhir is the leading man for DD.

Cricket can be a very unforgiving sport at times despite the talent quotient and hard-work factor involved. Players sacrifice a lot and work immensely hard to prove their capabilities and reach the top of the mountain but like any other sport, there are always some players who carry an underrated tag to their names. They have all the talent in the world but lack opportunities. Sometimes, they get a window of opportunity but they fail to capitalize.

Cricket is a tough game to all intents and purpose as even the slightest of things can affect your career. Every team consists of some key players of big-name values who always make the headlines and hence there are always some unsung heroes in every team. These underdogs are hard-working, talented, and hungry to prove their mettle to make it big in the world of cricket.

This article is about five such cricketers who are underrated and might turn out to be the dark horses for the Delhi Daredevils dugout. Let's take a look:

#1 Shahbaz Nadeem

Nadeem pumped up after picking up a wicket.
Nadeem pumped up after picking up a wicket.

The left-arm spinner has been one of the most underrated stars of the Indian domestic circuit. He is one of the prime factors in putting Jharkhand domestic cricket on the map with the likes of MS Dhoni, Saurabh Tiwary, and Ishank Jaggi. Nadeem is only the second man in Ranji history to secure 50 wickets in a season twice, having scalping 51 dismissals in the 2015-16 season and 56 in the 2016-17 season. He is an effective all-rounder with some good strokes off the bat and exquisite fielding quotient.

He has secured over 300 wickets in the first class cricket so far. For someone who has been around the domestic cricket since the age of 15 and seen his peers transition into the big leagues, he is focused to deliver some impressive performances for the Daredevils when given a chance to help build a base for him to make it to the International cricket.

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