IPL spot-fixing has shamed everyone

Last Updated: Sun, May 19, 2013 04:42 hrs

After six weeks on the road, another season ends for the Delhi Daredevils. It was not the season we hoped for and whatever happens tonight, we’ll finish disappointed. Nevertheless, we are all hoping that at the very least, a losing season will end on a winning note. 

I guess it’s a bit ironic that the two bottom-placed teams in the league will be facing off against each other. Pune Warriors, like us, have plenty of talent on their bench and they’ll be as keen as us to avoid the wooden spoon which will make for a really competitive game.

Our issues this season have centered on our batting. Unfortunately our top order has not fired in the way we expect it too. We’ve lacked form and consistency and that has severely handicapped our ability to post or chase competitive totals. We had chances in the first few games, and looking back, I think those missed opportunities were critical. 

Momentum is very important in tournaments like this. As the pressure rises, it becomes harder and harder for the boys to play with freedom and confidence. I hope though that we can at least learn from this experience, both from an individual player perspective and also as a franchise. There are definitely lessons that can be learnt and obviously some mistakes that we’ll be determined to avoid in the future.

It’s also a great shame that the end of the season has also been marred by the spot-fixing controversy that erupted this week. It is a shocking
scandal and cricket deserves better from its cricketers. It is really sad and I can fully sympathize with the disillusionment of Indian cricket fans
right now. 

One of the hardest things for them to digest will be the fact that they, professional cricketers, who are so handsomely paid by participating in the world’s most lucrative tournament, could be so greedy. It’s difficult for us all to comprehend.

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