De Kock had been ruled out with an injury to his right index finger that he collected during the New Zealand tour last month. The update was caught up from a statement by the IPL council.
A veteran of 71 Tests, 187 ODIs & 55 T20Is, Marlon Samuels played for only one IPL franchise in previous editions. He was among the unsold players in the IPL auction this year, with a base price of RS 1 crore.
He last played in IPL in the 2013 edition for the already terminated Sahara Pune Warriors. In 2012 he debuted in the IPL, played eight matches scoring a total of 124 runs & picking up eight wickets.
Samuels happens to be the second post-auction buy for an IPL franchise in this current edition after Ishant Sharma was bagged up by the Kings XI Punjab.
The senior-most cricketer in the Indian squad initially went unsold at the auction, who had a base price of whopping RS 2 crores.
The Delhi Daredevils will face the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. Match starts at 4pm IST & 4:30pm BST.
Rohit Reshammiya Hashmi