Delhi Capitals IPL 2019
Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad to enter Qualifier 2 (AFP Photo)

The fearlessness of youth has put Delhi Capitals on the cusp of a maiden IPL final appearance as they take on Chennai Super Kings in the second qualifier on Friday night.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar says watching DC’s young batting brigade play without any inhibition has resulted in some ‘breathtaking performances’ but at the same time ‘forgettable blowouts’

“It’s been an exhilarating journey for the youthful Delhi team with some breathtaking performances and some forgettable blowouts,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday. “Their young batting talent is a joy to watch as with the fearlessness of the young, they play shots that are hard to believe.”

DC made it to the playoffs after finishing third in the league stage before beating former champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Wednesday. Gavaskar believes that had DC adopted a measured approach, they would not have given away their position of strength on several occasions this season, few of them costing them a straightforward win.

“It’s also the restlessness of youth that then makes them indulge in a rush of blood shot that leads to their dismissal when a measured approach would have taken their team home without any tension,” he wrote.

However, Gavaskar is of the opinion that the young side led by Shreyas Iyer is a quick learner which was on display against SRH. “That is what experience teaches and what the Delhi team has shown is that it is learning and learning fast. The manner in which Keemo Paul kept his nerve against Hyderabad to take Delhi to the second qualifier showed that the youngsters are understanding the situation rapidly,” he said.

Drawing comparisons between DC and CSK, the batting legend wrote, “While Delhi have a frenzied look about them, Chennai, led by their uber cool captain, give a serene, unhurried impression on the field. Even while fielding, they seem to move almost casually and hardly show excitement at anything. The exception of course is when Imran Tahir gets a wicket. The manner in which he takes off into the deep cover position is delightful.”

He also praised CSK captain MS Dhoni saying after Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, he’s the only cricketer who can call each venue in India as his home ground. “The one time Chennai seem to come to life is when MSD is at the crease. Before he starts to unwind those arms, he has unwound his legs with some of the most frenetic running one can hope to see. After Kapil Dev and Sachin Tendulkar, he is the one player for whom every venue is like home,” he said.