New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils Monday announced Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and the experienced South African Gulam Bodi as replacements for Colin Ingram and Travis Birt in their squad for upcoming Indian Premier League.
Team Mentor T.A. Sekar said Maxwell reminded him of David Warner.
“When I watched Glenn in the Emerging Players’ Tournament in Australia last July, I saw him as a player of immense potential who loves being in the contest,” he said.
Maxwell, 23, holds the record for the fastest half-century in Australian One-day cricket history (17 balls), striking a breathtaking 61 from 27 balls, eclipsing Australian legend David Hookes’ domestic fastest-50. His maiden first class century came in just his second Sheffield Shield match for Victoria at a run-a-ball pace.
Talking about Bodi, Sekar said he would be a solid fall-back option in the middle-order. “Gulam was the best available replacement, given that we had to find someone within Birt’s base price,” he said.
“Just the other day, he made a belligerent 90 off 51 balls with seven fours and five sixes for the Lions against the Warriors in the T20 Challenge in South Africa.”
Bodi, 33, has played more than 100 first class games, 131 List A games and 62 T20 games. Born in Harthuran near Surat in India, he has played two ODIs and one T20 international for South Africa.