The history of Delhi itself is about to be ruined. Look at the bad luck IPL (IPL 2022) In me too the story is similar. In this season, today Delhi will face Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi’s team has lost four out of seven matches so far. He has 6 points in his account with 3 wins. Delhi at present (Delhi Capitals) It is at the seventh position in the points table. The fans of Delhi are once again disappointed as the fight to stay in the top-4 team is getting tougher now. Delhi after reaching the playoffs last season (DC) The journey was over. The fans of Delhi hoped that the team would move ahead in this season but it is not visible at the moment.
There is a 14-year wait to win the first title. No one else but Delhi’s team is the one behind the end of this wait. Whose breath will rest on today’s match because another defeat will make the road ahead for him more difficult.
Defeated only those who made it to the playoffs
In 2021, Delhi’s team reached the playoffs. In the match against Kolkata, he had to face defeat by 3 wickets. Now just look at the playing 11 of last season’s playoff match. Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Marcus Stoinis, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Enrique Norkhe were in that match. You will be surprised to know that out of the 11 players who made Delhi reach the playoffs in the last season, more than half of them are not with the team this time. Players like Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan are playing with other teams this season and performing well.
Shreyas Iyer has scored 248 runs in 8 matches for Kolkata. Hetmyer has scored 227 runs in 8 matches. His strike rate is 171.96. Avesh Khan has taken 11 wickets in 7 matches. Rabada is also bowling well. One wonders how Delhi’s team let go of their key players in this year’s mega auction. In IPL, every team has the rule of retaining only four players, but Delhi team made a mistake in the calculation of who these four players would be.
Those ‘retained’ are not in form
Delhi team retained four players for this season. These four players are Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel and Enrique Norkhe. Among these four players, Prithvi Shaw is the only one who has recovered the money of the owners to some extent. He has scored 254 runs in seven matches. He has an average of 36.28 and a strike rate of 164.93. Captain Rishabh Pant was seen in color only in a few matches. He has scored only 188 runs in 7 matches. They have got a good start but they are missing out on big innings. As a captain, he has not yet lived up to what was expected of him to ‘lead from the front’.
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Axar Patel has got only 3 wickets out of 7 matches. Norkhe has been able to play only one match. The opening pair of Delhi’s team is also not able to perform according to their credentials. This season, if Delhi has to do any charisma from where it is in the tournament, then its players will have to die, as well as Delhi will need the prayers of its fans.