On January 10, the IPL franchises announced their retained players’ list ahead of the 2014 auction. Delhi Daredevils was different from others as they did not retain any player from their previous squad. This will let the club use the maximum right-to-match cards (three cards) among all the franchises at the auction. This will also save their Rs 600 million that they can spend to buy new players at the auction.
It is said that the club was in talks with their three key players- Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner, but due to owners unwilling to meet the price the players wanted, the negotiations feel through.
Virender Sehwag is now out of form and because of that, he has lost his place in the Indian team. Even in domestic cricket in 2013, he had a miserable performance.
Kevin Pietersen performed poorly in the recently concluded Ashes series. He could manage to score only two half-centuries in 10 innings with a high score of 71. Though David Warner played well in the Ashes series and topped the batting charts with 523 runs at an average of 58.11, he also could not impress the owners to retain him as one of their key players.