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Daredevils satisfied with new additions

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Feb 04, 2012 at 11:56pm IST

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Bangalore: The Delhi Daredevils are happy with the new additions to their squad after the Indian Premier League players' auction in Bangalore on Saturday, having picked up Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene and young all-rounders Andre Russell (West Indies) and Doug Bracewell (New Zealand).

"We are pleased with the acquisitions at the auction here and are confident we can be competitive through the season," said team mentor TA Sekar.

"Going into the auction, we were very clear that we would strengthen our middle-order batting and look for all-rounders. We are happy to have found what we targeted."

Daredevils satisfied with new acquisitions

The Daredevils bought Mahela Jayawardene and young all-rounders Andre Russell and Doug Bracewell.

Sekar was especially delighted with the acquisition of Jayawardene and felt that the Sri Lankan's wealth of experience would be a great boost to the team.

"There can be no doubt that Mahela will make a difference to the team with his vast experience and his approach. We are delighted that we could add a true blue professional of his stature to our roster," he said.

In 106 T20 matches, Jayawardene has scored 2,631 runs with two centuries and 17 half-centuries. He has a strike-rate of 136.81 runs. With 1,136 runs in 49 IPL matches, he has been among the most prolific batsmen in the tournament since its inception in 2008.

The Daredevils have also added explosive England batsman Kevin Pietersen to the side this season. The Englishman was transferred from Deccan Chargers.

The squad:

Indian players: Virender Sehwag (captain), Varun Aaron, Ajit Agarkar, Punit Bisht, Robin Bist, Unmukt Chand, Ashoke Dinda, Manprit Juneja, Vikas Mishra, Yogesh Nagar, Prashant Naik, Shahbaz Nadeem, Pawan Negi, Naman Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Venugopal Rao, Kuldeep Raval, Aavishkar Salvi, Tejaswi Yadav and Umesh Yadav.

Overseas players: Travis Birt, Doug Bracewell, Aaron Finch, James Hopes, Colin Ingram, Mahela Jayawardene, Morne Morkel, Kevin Pietersen, Andre Russell, David Warner and Roelof van der Merwe.


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