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Deccan Gladiators’ Hopes Rests On Icon Player Shane Watson, Kieron Pollard to Play Key Role

Indian tycoon Gaurav Grover has acquired the newest team of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, The Deccan Gladiators. The team will be led by Shane Watson, who is also their icon player.

The team has a good blend of young and experienced players, a combination which is key to achieving success in T20 cricket. Watson is a well-travelled T20 cricketer himself. Watson will surely open the batting at the top of the order and he has a few options at his disposal for company. Afghanistan wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Shahzad, and rookie batters Daniel Lawrence and Bahuka Rajapaksha are the alternative options.

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Kieron Pollard will be one of the key players for the Gladiators’ side. (Picture Source: Getty Images)

The team has banked heavily on getting experienced all-rounders. Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting and Watson himself can play this role to perfection. All of them can turn the game on their own hands singlehandedly when required. Watson, who has bid goodbye to international cricket is now only available for franchise T20 leagues. While Cutting and Pollard are also specialised T20 cricketers.

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Gladiators’ bowling attack is the weakest link in their squad. England’s Tymal Mills and Australia’s Fawad Ahmed are the only two bowlers who have played T20 cricket. The rest of the bowlers namely Zahir Khan, Mason Crane, Zahoor Khan and Imtiaz Ahmed have no experience at the international level or the first-class level.

Full Squad of Deccan Gladiators 2019

Shane Watson (Icon Player, Captain), Anton Devcich, Ben Cutting, Kieron Pollard, Tymal Mills, Zahir Khan, Mohammad Shahzad, Fawad Ahmed, Anwar Ali, Zahoor Khan, Asif Khan, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Mason Crane, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Imtiaz Ahmed

To sum up, Gladiators is a batting heavy team who also boats of good all-rounders in the squad. Bowling will certainly remain a constant problem throughout the tournament, an area which the opposition would surely like to expose.

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