Delhi Daredevils (DD) had a brilliant finish to their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign, this year. They managed to beat Mumbai Indians (MI) in their final league match of the competition.
Despite the victory, Delhi finishes the tournament at the bottom of the points table. They only registered five wins in the campaign.
However, victories against Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and the defending champions sill surely give them a lot of confidence in the coming year.
Before the start of the tournament, Gautam Gambhir was appointed as the skipper of the franchise. Given his experience and record, while captaining the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), many felt that it was the much-needed boost Delhi required for a revival.
However, Gambhir’s form was horrendous, to say the least. It eventually forced him to quit captaincy and subsequently lost his place for the remainder of the games.
Young batsman Shreyas Iyer was handed over the captaincy mantle and he started off Delhi’s revival with a bang. They performed quite brilliantly against the Knight Riders to bring their campaign back on track.
However, a string of poor bowling performances went on to cost them several matches and hence they finished while languishing at the bottom of the team standings.
Rishabh Pant the lone warrior for Delhi:
Despite their below-par performances in the tournament, the form of Rishabh Pant proved to be the highlight of Delhi. The southpaw was at his sublime best in the group stage games and is currently the leading run scorer in the tournament with 684 runs. It included a breathtaking 128* off just 63 deliveries against the best bowling side in the tournament, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
It was carnage on display from Pant, on that particular day. He gave a special treatment to Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he smashed the world-class bowler for 26 runs in the final over of the innings.
However, the knock was not enough to help Daredevils to register a win. They have shown glimpses and the victories against Chennai and Mumbai will definitely make them to realise their worth.
Skipper Iyer was confident of the fact that they (Delhi Daredevils) will come back stronger come next year.
Taking to his Instagram handle, Shreyas shared a team picture with a beautiful caption.
“A big, big thank you to Dilliwallon and all the other fans for coming out in numbers and backing us always. We’ll come back stronger next year. #DilDilli @DelhiDaredevils,” it read.