IPL 2017, Delhi Daredevils team review: End of yet another disappointing campaign

IPL 2017, Delhi Daredevils team review: End of yet another disappointing campaign

While Shreyas Iyer was the most consistent among the three, one cannot deny the impact Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson had in a few matches.

Updated: May 16, 2017 6:56 PM IST | Edited By: Pramod Ananth

Delhi Daredevils (DD) finished yet another disappointing campaign in the Indian Premier League (IPL), this time at the sixth position in the IPL 10 points table. Delhi Daredevils inability to win crunch matches eventually cost them a chance to make it to the IPL 10 playoffs. DD managed to win just six out of their 14 matches. Delhi Daredevils were never consistent throughout the series. While they registered big wins in a few matches, Delhi Daredevils compensated by suffering crushing defeats in others. However, the young DD side showed glimpses of their talent and without a shadow of a doubt, Delhi Daredevils certainly have a bright future. But did the lack of experience cost DD in the end? READ: IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils' (DD) marks out of 10

The positives: The Indian trio of Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Shreyas Iyer performed incredibly well in a few matches. While Shreyas was the most consistent among the three, one cannot deny the impact Pant and Samson had in a few matches. Pant had a good season as a wicketkeeper as well, with 11 dismissals in 14 matches. He played a couple of good knocks. One was the powerful 97 he scored against Gujarat Lions (GL) as DD chase down 209 with ease. Samson too scored a brilliant century his first in T20s against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a match that Delhi Daredevils won by 97 runs. Shreyas got off to starts in most games after missing the initial stages due to chicken pox. His 96 against Gujarat Lions (GL) was the standout performance as DD once again chased won a challenging total.

Barring this the return of Mohammed Shami too proved fruitful. Shami, having been picked in the Indian squad for the Champions trophy 2017, would have liked to get some game time ahead of the mega event. He put in his best performance against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), for which he won the Man of the Match as well.

Overseas players like Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Pat Cummins too did an excellent job. Cummins finished as DD s highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets, while Morris delivered with both bat and ball, justifying his place in the team. While Rabada had to wait for a long time for his debut, he did not disappoint, picking up 6 wickets in as many games. READ: IPL 2017: DD need to get in the right side of the result, feels Rahul Dravid

Low point: The trio of Angelo Mathews, Marlon Samuels and Carlos Brathwaite failed to make any sort of impact in their limited opportunities. Samuels was roped in as a replacement for Quinton de Kock, who pulled out due to injury. But Samuels, in his five innings, managed just 29 runs out of which 27 came in a single outing. Mathews and Brathwaite played five matches between them and did not stake a claim to their place in the side at any point. Mathews joined the team late due to injury and left in the first week of May to join Sri Lanka for their preparations for the Champions Trophy.

Not to forget Karun Nair. He managed just one fifty throughout the tournament. He came good in the latter stages of the tournament and also led DD in Zaheer Khan s absence at a time his place in the side was questioned. Karun s 281 runs at 21.61 do not justify his true potential.

While DD registered huge wins, they also had some low points in the competition as well. One such instance was when they were bowled out for just 66 against Mumbai Indians at Feroz Shah Kotla, chasing 213 to win. What was shocking was the fact that this massive loss came at the back of two morale boosting victories against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and GL. If you think that was bad, they were bowled out for 67, just three matches before their tie against MI. At the same time, DD have also notched by huge wins like the 97-run win against RPS, 51-run against KXIP and wicket win against GL. It is safe to say that DD have been largely inconsistent.

Surprises: Shahbaz Nadeem has picked up over 100 First-Class wickets for Jharkhand over the last two seasons. While some wonder how has not been able to break into the Indian team, he has failed to be a regular in the DD team as well, despite an excellent show. He has a T20 economy rate of 6.62 much better than Amit Mishra, who was preferred over Nadeem on a regular basis. The other spinner in the team, Jayant Yadav has an economy rate of under 6 in T20s. Did DD go for experience in the spin department when a huge chunk of their team was a combination of inexperienced players? Why did DD not apply the same principle while picking spinners? READ: IPL 2017: Mohammed Shami hopeful of carrying IPL form to ICC Champions Trophy

Nadeem played seven matches this season, picking up 6 wickets at an economy rate of 6.67. Zaheer did not shy away from bringing Nadeem even in the powerplay and Nadeem most often than not delivered. However, when the time came to pick just one spinner, Mishra somehow got the nod. Mishra, by his high standards, had a poor outing picking just 10 wickets at an economy rate of 8.83.

What they said: Following DD s eighth loss of the season, Zaheer who for all you know could have played his last game in the IPL hinted that the lack of experience in the squad could have been the reason for DD s failures again. "This has been the story of the season. When we look back, we can see we needed experience in these sorts of games. When the wicket is slow, you need to go big early," Zaheer said after his side s final game of the season against RCB.

At the halfway stage in the tournament, DD mentor Rahul Dravid said that he had full faith in his youngsters. "I still have full faith in youngsters. The league is still at the halfway stage. It's kind of funny that we are still sixth in the table with the highest net run rate (second highest to KKR). So I have full faith in our youngsters that they will turn it around in the next 7-8 matches," Dravid said after DD had won just a couple of games in their opening seven matches. Clearly, there is a difference in opinion between the two senior statesmen. READ: IPL 2017: We needed experience in the batting order, admits Zaheer Khan

What lies ahead? There is no certainty about the retention policy for next season yet. But if reports are to be believed, all the players will be put under auction, therefore not allowing any franchise to retain any players. However, DD s focus over the last couple of years has been focusing and grooming the young Indian talent. With a little more experience in the domestic circuit for the likes of Pant, Samson and Shreyas, they could very well go on to be regulars in the Indian team one day. As far the 2017 season is concerned, DD had a few moments of brilliance, but overall, Delhi Daredevils had yet another disappointing outing.
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