Former India batting legend and Delhi Daredevils coach Rahul Dravid on Thursday admitted that missing a batsman of Quinton de Kock's calibre along with seasoned player all-rounder JP Duminy will affect the balance and composition of the squad going into the 10th edition of IPL (Indian Premier League). The Proteas middle-order batsman had cited personal reasons for pulling out of the T20 tournament while the wicket-keeper batsman (De Kock) has a fractured finger sustained during the Test series between South Africa and New Zealand at Wellington.
"It is obviously a big blow when you lose big players like JP Duminy and Quinton De Kock. If these things happen before the auction, then it is easier because you can plan better. But then this is how it goes and you cannot help it. We do have talented players like Sam Billings and hopefully they can go up and perform," Dravid said.
"We have all-rounders like Corey Anderson and Angelo Mathews so we hope that those boys can stand up and perform and in some way replace JP. But yes, Quinton is a big loss because he played so many games for us and was one of our main batsman. We had built him up for this season, but this is how life is and you cannot do much about it," Dravid added.
Asked what he expects from young talented batsman Risabh Pant's second season after a terrific opening season, Rahul Dravid smiled and said, "I hope it is better than last season from our perspective. Well I won't say Risabh is our only X-factor. We have guys like Karun, Sanju, Shreyas and Tare."