Like us, I’m sure no one else would have expected the Delhi Daredevils to be without a win in five games. After all, with the exception of a few changes, we are pretty much the same team to the one that was top of the table at the end of the league stages of last season’s IPL.
The truth needs to be confronted though and that is, while we have surely played some decent cricket, we are still falling short at the crucial moments of a match. It does seem like we are getting closer with every match but we just can’t seem to cross the finish line at the moment as the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore would testify.
Of course, this was a different sort of defeat to the previous four as in all honesty, they had virtually controlled the entire game and we were out of it by the time it got to the last four overs. We definitely did well to make the most of the opportunity we got with the run out of AB de Villiers and can take a lot of heart from the manner in which we fought from there.
But the Super Over best exemplifies my point about how we quickly lose control of a promising situation which unfortunately ends up costing us dearly. Umesh bowled four really good balls but then sixes off the last two deliveries changed the complexion of proceedings. These are the moments where we need to try and do better.
Those wondering why Virender Sehwag didn’t partner Warner in the Super Over are probably unaware of the ICC rule pertaining to a player who leaves the field of play for longer than eight minutes as was the case with Viru. He had left the field for the last two to three overs as a precautionary measure due to his recent back problems.
Since the Super Over is a continuation of a normal game, the same set of rules apply to it and in accordance with the rule, Viru wasn’t an option we could consider.
The Chennai game on Thursday will be our third on home turf and having lost the first two, we cannot afford to lose any more. Critics might start talking about how the absence of guys like Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder is showing in our results. While their injuries are unfortunate, I strongly believe we still have a quality squad with a lot of depth in all three departments.
We can certainly draw inspiration from teams like Pune Warriors and Kings XI Punjab who have bounced back from their own respective difficulties. If they can do it, I see absolutely no reason why we can’t do the same.
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