Delhi Daredevils are rejigging their options in the wake of the Jesse Ryder assault case in Christchurch on Thursday. With the burly left-handed batting all-rounder surely out of the Indian Premier League, Delhi will now have to plan anew ahead of their first match against defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on April 3.
The 28-year-old Ryder was due to fly to Delhi to start his USD 300,000 contract in the IPL. He had chosen not to play for New Zealand since the Napier ODI against South Africa in February 2012 after being disciplined by the team management for being out drinking while carrying an injury. Ryder will now miss his lucrative contract as Delhi will seek his replacement after discussing with captain Mahela Jayawardene on Friday.
Delhi's team mentor T A Sekar said: "I spoke to him (Ryder) a couple of days back and he was looking to join the Delhi Daredevils squad. It is very unfortunate that he got hit and is not in a position to play IPL. He is a good kid and I have been watching him from 2008 onwards. Ashish Nehra, who was Jesse's team-mate last season in Pune, told me that Jesse is a good team man, who plays according to the team's needs. He is a brilliant fielder, too."