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Daredevils rope in Maxwell and Bodi

Press Trust Of India
Mar 21, 2012 at 01:50pm IST

New Delhi: Delhi Daredevils on Monday named young Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell and South Africa's Gulam Bodi as replacements for Colin Ingram and Travis Birt in its squad for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League starting next month.

Daredevils mentor TA Sekar said Maxwell reminded team manager Aashish Kapoor and him of explosive David Warner.

"When Aashish and I watched Glenn in the Emerging Players' Tournament in Australia in July last, we saw him as a player of immense potential who loves being in the contest," he said.

Daredevils rope in Maxwell and Bodi

Both are replacements for Colin Ingram and Travis Birt for the fifth edition of IPL.

"When we watched him bat, we were reminded of how we had spotted David Warner in 2008. We believe Glenn will play for Australia soon."

Maxwell, 23, holds the record for the fastest half-century ever in Australia's domestic limited-overs cricket (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.

"Besides being a dashing batsman, Glenn is a a solid offspinner and an amazing fielder, with infectious enthusiasm," Sekar said, adding that Bodi 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."

The 33-year-old Bodi 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.

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