Daniel Sams: The uncapped Australian all-rounder has signed for his maiden season of the Indian Premier League.
England and Delhi Capitals opening batsman Jason Roy has opted out of the upcoming 13th season of the Indian Premier League. Roy, 30, was ruled out of England’s imminent T20I series against Pakistan due to a left side strain a couple of hours ago.
It is remains unknown if Roy opted out of IPL 2020 due to the injury or any other reason. It is worth mentioning that Roy was bought by Capitals in this year’s auction for his base price of INR 1.5 crore.
In the past, Roy had represented Gujarat Lions and Delhi Capitals in 2017 and 2018 respectively. In five matches for Delhi, the right-hand batsman had scored 120 runs at an average of 30 and a strike rate of 127.66.
Roy is the second English and Capitals player who decided to opt out ahead of IPL 2020. Earlier, all-rounder Chris Woakes had decided to skip the cash-rich league and was subsequently replaced by South Africa fast bowler Anrich Nortje.
Roy’s exit will increase the probability of Delhi including batsman Ajinkya Rahane in their top-order. In a top-order comprising of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, captain Shreyas Iyer and Roy, accommodating Rahane would have become a difficult task for Delhi.
Daniel Sams replaces Jason Roy at Delhi Capitals
Australia seamer Daniel Sams, who is currently in England as a part of Australia’s 21-member squad for three ODIs and as many T20Is, has been named as Roy’s replacement at Delhi Capitals.
Sams, who represented Sydney Thunder in the last season of the Big Bash League, picked 30 wickets in 17 T20s at an average of 15.36, an economy rate of 7.83 and a strike rate of 11.7 to become the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Eight more wickets than the second-best bowler (Chris Morris) sort of pressed Sams’ case for a maiden call-up and now a maiden stint in the biggest T20 league.
DC have got lucky.2 players who may have never got a game have been replaced.They did not have a LAF and now have a Left Arm Variations bowler in Daniel Sams. Batsmen who can play spin,Quality spinners & quicks who can vary their pace makes DC a well rounded team. #IPLinUAE
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) August 27, 2020
In 37 T20s overall, the 27-year old bowler has dismissed 52 batsmen at an average of 18.36 and a strike rate of 13.5. Sams will play for Capitals under Australian head coach and bowling coach in Ricky Ponting and Ryan Harris respectively.
The New South Wales-bowler will compete for the fast bowler’s spot with Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Mohit Sharma and Tushar Deshpande. However, being the only left-arm pacer at Capitals could give him a slight advantage ahead of others.