Farveez Maharoof's all-round abilities have provided the Delhi Daredevils the balance they have desperately needed. Against the Bangalore Royal Challengers in a game Delhi needed to win, his impact was immediate.
His first delivery was full and wide and induced an edge from Jacques Kallis, Bangalore’s most expensive player at the auction, which was smartly taken by the wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. He also bothered Sreevats Goswami, Bangalore’s highest scorer, when he got to the crease, cramping him for room and troubling him with the lift he got from a back-of-length delivery.
When he returned for his second spell in the 16th over, he again struck off his first ball. Goswami had just got past his fifty and was providing Bangalore with the acceleration they needed. As Goswami charged down the track, Maharoof managed to extract a little extra bounce and Goswami’s attempt to clear midwicket ended up in the safe hands of Tillakaratne Dilshan at point. Only three runs came off that over and five off his next, the eighteenth, as Bangalore were stifled by his skilful bowling. He finished with excellent figures of 4-0-13-2.
He was not done yet, though. After Virender Sehwag had provided Delhi with an excellent start, the middle-order failed again leaving them needing 20 off the last 21 balls and facing a charged-up Dale Steyn. Maharoof smashed a short delivery from Steyn over backward point for a six and followed it up three balls later with a powerful cover drive off Zaheer Khan for four to guide Delhi towards two valuable points.
His skills with the bat and ball and his ability to keep a cool head when the going gets tough makes him a bargain buy at US$225,000.