5 May 2014, (DNA/PTI): A meek surrender to Rajasthan Royals on Saturday night has given a sleepless night to the Delhi Daredevils management. No one has an idea about how to stop this steep slump to their team’s performance, despite the fact that it was the only side in Indian Premier League 2014 auction that went into a complete revamp process.
Even after doing away with almost all the non-performing assets, Daredevils are still lagging behind at second last in the table with only two victories to show from six matches so far in the tournament. And to win Monday’s game against table-topper Chennai Super Kings here at the Ferozeshah Kotla, the hosts will certainly need a vast improvement from all their players in all the departments. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, are in full flow and would not like to lower their guard at this stage.
The problems are plenty for the hosts, but bowling certainly need special attention. No one has emerged as a clear leader of the bowling attack despite the presence of Mohammad Shami and Wayne Parnell in the ranks. Shami, for now, looks far away from being the leader of the pack. Only left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem has managed to impress with his positive approach and fuller length. Parnell and Jaydev Unadkat have looked ordinary and that was probably the biggest reason that even a score od 152, which otherwise should be a challenging one, looked below par against Royals.
As this was not enough, a poor opening coupled with lack of support from the middle-order batsmen have made things worse for the Daredevils. Take out Quinton de Kock and JP Duminy and Daredevils could hardly count any other performance so far in their last six outings.
Chennai Super Kings have no such problems. The opening pair of Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith has made things easier for the middle-order batsmen. Suresh Raina has excelled at No. 3 while Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja have contributed enough down the order and helped their team put up big scores.
However, the biggest find of the season for visitors is medium pacer Mohit Sharma, who is currently the leading wicket-taker in the tournament with 11 victims.