Provided with the option of retention, they erred in not retaining more than Sehwag. The second major auction in 2010 was a mess. They chose with hitters like Finch, Brit etc without going for solid players. Their lack of planning was obvious and with the transfer of their mentor T.A.Shekar, Delhi chose a squad with so many pacers. But the lack of proper spinner bit the side in last season. Infact the side lived and died with Sehwag. No wonder the brittle side was the Wooden Spoon holders of IPL 4.
At this juncture, return of T.A.Shekar as the mentor/manager changed the scenarios. While they still lack a proven spinner in their line up, the batting has been strengthened immensely. They made two very smart transfers during the window period. Pietersen was acquired from Deccan Chargers and Ross Taylor from Rajasthan Royals. These two buys brought the side, two big match winners.
The auction of IPL 5 was perfectly utilized by the side to add depth to their batting and pace attack. Jayawardane was added to the middle order and the value he brings to the table is beyond comprehension. They bought the promising West Indies star Andre Russell who is yet to get a game this season. Doug Bracewell was added to the pace attack which was already among the best in the competition.
Smart selection and clear planning has taken the side to the top of the table. They have just one loss and four wins in five. The bowling has been menacing and batting classy. The run rate they have a notch above the others. If they maintain the same form, Sehwag could very well lift this IPL. Afterall, Dare Devilry is in their name itself.