Virender Sehwag's poor form likely to affect his future with Delhi Daredevils
Virender Sehwag's string of poor scores in domestic cricket is likely to affect his chances of bagging a lucrative deal in the IPL VII as it looks highly unlikely that he would be retained by his current franchise Delhi Daredevils.
The eight existing franchises need to submit their 'Player Retention List' by January 10.
However talented left-handers -- South Africa's Quinton de Kock along with latest batting sensation from New Zealand Corey Anderson are two players who are likely to fetch a substantial amount during the next month's IPL auction.
Sehwag has been with the Delhi frachise from the first edition as an icon player and subsequently been retained at the various stages during the later part of the cash-rich league.
After a poor IPL season last time and only 234 runs in 13 innings in the Ranji Trophy at less than 19.50 leaves Daredevils with little option but to send the 'Nawab of Najafgarh' back to the auction pool.
"Supposedly, the Daredevils goes for retention, Sehwag will either be bought for Rs 12.5 crore or Rs 9.5 crore as the GMR group-owned franchise logically doesn't have a reason to retain more than two players as it will affect their purse of Rs 60 allotted to buy a full squad," a top IPL official said.
"Retaining an in-form David Warner looks more viable option although Daredevils might just look to start afresh after their horrible run last season," the official said.
Question remains whether coach Gary Kirsten, who is likely to have a final say in cricketing matters along with top management, will like to shell out that sum for a player whose retention is nothing more than a gamble at this stage.
Kirsten, India's most successful chief national coach would like to start his IPL journey with a clean slate.