A decade after the introduction of the Indian Premier League in 2008, Delhi Daredevils still remain the biggest disappointment of the tournament.
The franchise of the capital city of India has not lived upto its expectations. When they seem to have a good set of players, their support staff is not upto the mark. When they have a good support staff, their players seem to underperform.
That has been the story for the Delhi Daredevils, who are now looking to strengthen their support staff ahead of the new IPL season next year.
Earlier reports suggested that Harbhajan Singh, who has represented Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings as a player, is tipped to join the Daredevils as a mentor.
However, the veteran spinner has put all rumours to bed, confirming that he will be available to play for CSK for the 2019 season.
Moreover, the CSK officials have also reassured that the off-spinner has committed his future to the defending IPL champions.
“Harbhajan called us from UK to clarify that he is not going anywhere and is committed to the CSK franchise,” CSK’s CEO Kasi Viswanath, was quoted by the Mumbai Mirror.
With the Harbhajan rumour put to bed, another report reveal that the Daredevils are in discussion with former Indian coach Anil Kumble for the role of mentor of the side.
Anil Kumble had been a prominent name in the Royal Challengers Bangalore set-up and also shifted to the Mumbai Indians as their mentor.
“We’ve touched based with him. The talks are on. If we are able to convince him, it would be great,” Parth Jindal, JSW’s head spoke to The Mumbai Mirror.
Coming back to Bhajji, the off-spinner last represented India in a T20I against UAE in 2016. He did not have an extraordinary IPL season with CSK this year and was excluded from the Qualifier 1 match.
Bhajji picked up only 7 wickets from 13 games, and was sometimes not called to bowl by skipper MS Dhoni.
Overall, Harbhajan has 134 wickets from 149 games in the IPL, at a good-enough economy of 7.05.