IPL 2022 Auction: Saba Karim Highlights Delhi Capitals’ Strategy and Planning for Mega-Auction
IPL 2022 Auction: With the IPL 2022 Mega-Auction round the corner, all the franchises have put their thinking hats on to come up with the best strategies. Delhi Capitals preparations for the auction are also in a full swing as the franchise is aiming for a perfect blend of capped and uncapped players. Ahead of the showpiece event, Delhi’s Head of Talent Search Saba Karim shed light on their planning.
Delhi made a lot of heads turn in their cricket fraternity by retaining Axar Patel and Prithvi Shaw alongside Rishabh Pant and Anrich Nortje for the 2022 edition. Elaborating his opinion on the same, Saba Karim revealed that the four players form the base of the team and the franchise will hope to build the squad around them.
The veteran believes that Delhi has their core ready and they will now concentrate on bringing some match-winners to solidify their chances of winning their maiden T20 Cup. Karim also added that the team is clear in terms of what they need for an ideal composition of their playing XI.
“The four retained players form the base of our team, and in addition to that, we need to look at some more matchwinners, who can fill up the vacant slots, and then overall we can have a complete kind of a side. We need to first have a strategy in terms of the core element, which is needed to become a successful side. But, before that, it is equally important to understand the composition of your eleven, and if one is able to do so, then accordingly you can fill in players with that kind of a role,”Saba Karim added in a video shared by official Twitter handle of Delhi Capitals.
IPL 2022 Auction: Saba Karim reflects on Ricky Ponting and Rishabh Pant’s role in the auction
Delhi has enjoyed good success in the past three years in the tournament. One of the main reasons behind the same is the former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting who essays the role of the head coach for the franchise. Apart from Ponting, Rishabh Pant also forms a vital part of the team’s setup as a captain.
Speaking about their involvement in the IPL 2022 Auction process, Saba Karim said that the team will be eventually led by the captain and the coach. Thus, the management is taking proper inputs from both Pant and Poting for the mega-auction. He believes that the communication between the scouting team and the captain and coach has been excellent so far.
“Eventually, it is the captain and the coach who put up the side in the IPL. It’s very important to have that kind of exchange of ideas with them. Whatever we as a scouting team offer, will come in handy if it has synergy with the head coach and the captain, so in that sense, it’s been excellent,”Saba Karim added.
Notably, this will be the first time that the former wicketkeeper will be participating in the auction. When asked about his experience, the 54-year-old added that he is both nervous and excited about the event. Karim believes that Capitals need to look at some potential match-winners and make some healthy investments.
IPL 2022 Auction: We believe that Delhi will be focusing more on gaining the services of some good batters who can do well for the team in the middle-order and the top-order. The team will also aim to buy a good seamer who can assist Anrich Nortje.