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What is Delhi smoking

by Gaurav Sethi

It’s odd to see anyone wearing a Delhi Daredevils’ shirt unless they want to stink it up at the gym. I know of two guys who do that.

Then I met the third – his DD jersey had a name, NEGI. I asked him if it was his – appears Pawan Negi (former DD Left arm spinner) is a friend of his brother’s and that’s how the tee got on his back.  Negi is now with CSK, he’s played one, their first, went for 37.

Previously, Pawan Negi and Shahbaz Nadeem, both left arm spinners, were with the Daredevils. Often they’d both play. Then randomly, as most things are at the franchise, one or the other would play. Then neither. And then in the previous auctions DD picked Nadeem again.

In CSK, there’s a clear pecking order, Ashwin, Jadeja, Badree, then Negi. And with the first and second spots up for grabs, suspect the first we saw of Negi this season, will in all likelihood be the last.

As for Nadeem, he was one of DD’s two spinners (before Imran Tahir). He has played 9 of their 11 games: 0/32, 1/29, 1/29, 1/24, 1/19, 1/30, 0/27, 0/34, 2/35. That’s 7/259 Compare this with SRH’s Amit Mishra, who’s had a rough season: 2/26, 2/56, 0/38, 0/27, 0/54, 0/13, 2/23, 0/33, 1/32, 0/38 – that’s 7/340 (from 10 games)

DD’s second spinner, Rahul Sharma, has played two games, 1/33, 0/32 (both from 3 overs).

SRH’s third spinner, the offie, Parvez Rasool has still not played a game.

SRH’s second leggie, Karn Sharma has played all 11 games so far : 0/8, 0/37, 1/23, 1/35, 0/33, 3/17, 1/20, 0/29, 0/25, 1/46, 1/19 – that’s 8/292.

Compared to DD’s 2 wins, SRH has 4 – and a far better net run rate of -0.325 to DD’s -1.156. If anything, SRH has stuck with their limited resources.

Cut to CSK: Ashwin went for 38 from 2 overs and for 41 from 4, both vs. Punjab, mainly Maxwell.  His IPL numbers so far, 13/281 from 11 games. And if CSK play in KXIP in the knockouts, we’ll see Ashwin and Maxwell spar again.

Every bowler, even Sunil Narine, has a bad day in T20 cricket, case in point 1/38 vs. DD of all teams.

Narine is fortunate to play for KKR, a team that gives even Yusuf Pathan ample leeway to discover himself through the art-of-living-failure.

DD on the other hand, drops a bowler, after his best analysis, 2/21.

After 9 defeats, DD still don’t know their worst eleven. After suffering Ross Taylor for three games in April (17, 19, 21), they picked him via rotation, again, on May 15th.

They are burdened with a captain who is at the crossroads of his cricketing life – 16, 26*, 14, 0, 6, 35, 33, 13. And he hasn’t even bowled.

While KP, along with Viru, for me, is the most watchable batsman of the 2000s, much like Viru, he rarely has a scrap or middle gear in him – it’s do or be done.

The best he can do is bench himself like his predecessor, Mahela. Play all three spinners. Pick the four South Africans, de Kock, Parnell, Duminy, Tahir.

Now I can expect DD to do the exact opposite.

Team to beat KXIP:

1 de Kock
2 Parnell
3 Karthik
4 Duminy
5 Tiwary*
6 Jadhav
7. Laxmi Ratan Shukla
8 Nadeem
9 Rahul Sharma
10 Shami
11 Tahir

Manoj Tiwary, skipper, one way to ensure he doesn't bowl.

12th Man: KP

Coach Kirsten, why did you first play the Kiwis and not the South Africans, was it because you didn't want to appear biased?

DD owners, what are you guys on? Remember, you build airports, leave the flying to pilots.

Thanks for reading this pointless post for a pointless team. 

1 comment:

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