Mumbai however, have a lot going for them. They have retained their fiery core group of Sachin Tendulkar, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Keiron Pollard, all desuctive players in their own rite. But one will to wait and see how the new star attractions liken Munaf Patel and local lad Rahit Sharma will coalesce with them into a cohesive unit.
Indian domestic batsman in T Suman and R Sathish who have been tranferred from other teams, will want to prove their worth at the top of the order, while the foreign players like alrounders James Franklin and Andrew Symonds, batsman Aiden Blizzard and fast bowlers Dilhara Fernando and Clint McKay will also have a lot to bring to the table.
Although no pushovers, Delhi in comparison looks like a weaker side. Bereft of Gautam Gambhir who has shifted base of Kolkata, they are likely to feel the sting at the top of the order. This is despite the fact that Virender Sehwag has stayed put. But a very competent David Warner, who had a creditable season last year, is likely to fill Gambhir's shoes and open the batting with Sehwag.
But the middle order is a concern for Delhi with not much experience here. There is a whole stock of new blood, dominated by overseas players, like Colin Ingram, Aaron Finch, James Hopes, Andrew McDolnald and Robert Frylink who will all have to justify their inclusion in the side with a robust showing from early on in the season.
The Daredevil's pace department doesn't look especially intimidating either with a couple of has-beens in Ajit Agarkar and Irfan Pathan leading the charge with assistance from Ashok Dinda. But the presence of an in-form Morne Morkel should bolster up the attack as well as the home-spun spinners like Vivek Yadav, Vikas Mishra, Rajesh Pawar and off course Sehwag.