Delhi had the most dangerous team coming into the IPL. The destructive power of De Kock at the top and Duminy in the middle, was the perfect combination any team could have asked for. Unfortunately, the players ruled themselves out of the IPL due to various personal reasons.
Could have been the Dark Horses of the IPL:-
Regardless of the fact, that they were missing their main players, Delhi Daredevils were determined to fight it out and play the best cricket possible. They had a good start to the season with 2 wins out of 3 matches. They were considered the dark horses of the IPL, but that didn’t happen. Their season started trembling and they got into self-destructive mode. They looked out of sorts and their good form went out of the window. It was frustrating for the Delhi coach Rahul Dravid, who was doing everything possible to win games.
Abundant young talent:-
Delhi has the abundance of talent in the form of Karun Nair, Rishab Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson. In the domestic season, all had performed well and were in good touch. Nair was coming from a gigantic 300 against England. Iyer had hit a magnificent century against the Aussies, in a practice match. Sanju had already made his mark in the IPL by scoring a scintillating hundred and Rishab had played some gutsy innings to mark his arrival. However, these players couldn’t help Delhi in dire times when they needed them the most.
Top notch players in the team:-
They have the likes of Morris, Cummins and Rabada, who can constantly bowl above 140km/hr and also have the experience of Zaheer Khan, to guide them. They have all the ingredients needed to win matches against the toughest teams, but the players don’t click at right time. They have shown glimpses of what they have to offer, but have not been consistent. This has been their story since the IPL started in 2008. They always have the ability but never could execute it. That’s the reason they haven’t won IPL even once.
Should continue the form from last match:-
In the last match against SRH, they did show some form. They were expensive with the bowl, particularly, Rabada who gave away 59 runs. However, their batting looked in control as they chased the big target. Corey Anderson finished the innings with 41 not out, bringing his team home. This is another glimpse of what they can achieve, if they perform consistently. Delhi fans would hope that this is not just a glimpse and their team will take strides towards qualifying for the knockouts. They can qualify now if they win all the matches. They would be looking to take one match at a time and then taking it from there.
Here are some lesser known facts about the team:-
10 - The number of players who have led DD team in the IPL - joint most for any team with KXIP.
67 - The joint lowest total by a team batting 1st in the IPL, KKR also had made 67 in IPL 2008 against the Mumbai Indians.
15 - The number of times DD have been bowled out in the IPL so far - most for any side.
59 - The number of runs conceded by Kagiso Rabada in a match – most expensive this season.
39 - Karun Nair’s highest score in any form of the game since the triple century against England in Chennai.
189 – Their 3rd highest chase, and the highest ever at the home ground, in the IPL.
5 - The number of consecutive defeats after which they finally won against SRH.
1 - The number of successful chases DD have had this season – they have won one out of four while chasing.
(All Stats: iplt20.com)