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IPL 2018| Poor selection of playing eleven is the reason why Delhi is out: Sunil Gavaskar

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IPL 2018| Poor selection of playing eleven is the reason why Delhi is out: Sunil Gavaskar

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SportsCafe Desk

05/19/2018

After a poor performance by Delhi Daredevils in IPL yet again, Sunil Gavaskar has criticised the team think tank for their poor selection of playing eleven, which cost them the playoffs. Gavaskar went on to state that having a coach who hasn't seen many domestic talents was a shortcoming for DD.

After the mega-auction that took place in January this yearDelhi Daredevils went for a major revamp yet again, which saw them getting in IPL winning coach and captain Ricky Ponting and Gautam Gambhir. Following a poor start to the campaign, the Delhi management swiftly appointed young Shreyas Iyer as the new skipper as Gambhir stepped down. However, the side still didn’t get back to winning ways despite having numerous talented players in the squad as they finish the season at rock bottom. 

Talking about it, Sunil Gavaskar has largely criticized the team management for not choosing a stable playing eleven, which could have helped the team earlier in the campaign. Giving the example of young explosive Under-19 batsman Abhishek Sharma, Gavaskar pointed out that the player only got to play for Delhi after their hopes of a playoff spot vaporized. Giving his insights, the former Indian opener also stated that having a coach who hasn't seen domestic talents was a shortcoming for DD.

“Delhi, of course, are out of it once again mainly due to poor selection of the playing eleven. The problem of having a coach who hasn't seen the domestic players was evident when young Abhishek Sharma was picked to play after the team was out of the running for the playoffs. The young man showed how he would have fitted right in and though one performance does not mean much, it's just the attitude and approach that was so refreshing to see and which Delhi could have done with especially when some of their fancied overseas players have been more of a no-show than the big show that they were expected to be,” Gavaskar wrote in his TOI column.

Apart from this, looking at the context of IPL and other franchises Gavaskar also stated that while Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad have the likes of AB de Villiers and Kane Williamson, DD has lacked such leaders.

“The Bangalore team is blessed with the likes of AB de Villiers who go out of their way to try to lift their team and they will be hoping for another super performance from him to get them into the playoffs. Sunrisers may have lost narrowly to the Royal Challengers but their spirited chase of a huge target was enthralling stuff. The skipper Williamson gets better with every match and his innings in Bangalore had power besides the classic shots that are the hallmark of his batting. They will want to finish their home matches with a win that will take them to the top of the table,” he added.

Describing Kolkata Knight Riders franchise, the legend wrote that the team needed to carry on their momentum to play for playoffs at Eden Gardens and Kuldeep Yadav’s form with the red rubber is a good sign for them.

“For Dinesh Karthik and his Knight Riders, they will be keen to keep the momentum going. Kuldeep Yadav getting his confidence back is a big plus for them as they could well be playing for a place in the finals at their fortress, the Eden Gardens,” he concluded.

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