Delhi Capitals have replaced swashbuckling English opening batsman Jason Roy with a hitherto unknown commodity to many Indian cricket fans in the form of left-arm Australian seamer Daniel Sams.
Jason Roy has suffered a side-strain due to which he has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match T20I series against Pakistan.
As Roy races against time to get fit for the white-ball series against Australia, the World Cup-winning opener, on Thursday, withdrew his name from the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.
Losing a player of the caliber of Jason Roy would be a blow for any side but considering the fact that the tournament is set to take place on low and slow tracks of the United Arab Emirates and given the number of opening options- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and Ajinkya Rahane- already available with the Capitals, his absence might just prove to be a blessing in disguise for the Delhi-based franchise.
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— Sydney Thunder (@ThunderBBL) August 28, 2020
Who exactly is Delhi Capitals latest recruit Daniel Sams?
Daniel Sams made his First-Class debut for New South Wales back in 2017. Sams, a left-arm fast bowler, is also a handy hitter lower down the order.
The left-arm seamer had a brilliant Big Bash League campaign last year for the Sydney Thunder, where he ended up 30 wickets in 17 games- the most by any bowler in the history of the competition and the fifth most by any bowler in a Twenty20 tournament.
You know what looks good with a BKT Golden Cap? A Green & Gold playing kit!*
*Daniel Sams won't actually be able to wear both at the same time 😒 But the leading wicket-taker of BBL|09 is in fact a member of Australia's touring party in the UK. pic.twitter.com/FeDmPQVerz
— KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) August 27, 2020
With Trent Boult no longer in the Delhi Capitals set-up, the presence of Daniel Sams will lend much-needed variety to the Shreyas Iyer-led unit on the slow and sluggish tracks of Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Sams is currently with the Australian contingent in England, where he will hope to get a game in the upcoming T20I series. Overall, Daniel Sams has featured in 37 Twenty20 fixtures thus far, in which he has racked up 52 wickets at an average of 18.36 and an economy of 8.13, with his career-best figures being 4-14- vs Sydney Sixers in 2017.