The 2018 IPL has had a rollicking start but the same cannot be said of Delhi Daredevils. The franchise opted to pick veteran Gautam Gambhir and give him the responsibility of captaining the side in an effort to turn things around for the Daredevils who have not performed well in previous IPL editions.
Gambhir Struggling To Find A Winning Note
The Daredevils took on Gambhir’s ex-franchise the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday and were blown away by power hitting and skilful bowling. The Daredevils lost by 71 runs and the margin of defeat was a clear indication of how the Daredevils have performed so far.
Gambhir is under a lot of pressure as the Daredevils have now played 4 matches and lost 3 of them. The veteran left-hander knows that if he cannot find a winning note for the franchise soon, he could very well be replaced mid-ways through the tournament. Gambhir’s decision not to use S Narine as an opener in the previous match was criticized and against KKR he also made some poor decisions with his bowlers – failing to utilize all four overs of R Tewatia who was the most economical and successful bowler for the Daredevils.
Gambhir also failed with the bat on Monday night scoring just 8 but remained positive stating that the Daredevils still had 10 games to go. The Daredevils are now sitting in 7th place on the IPL points table and are in front of the Mumbai Indians who have played 3 and lost 3.
Daredevils Have To Quickly Regroup
The Daredevils have a few days off and must use the time to quickly regroup and come up with a winning combination. Their next game is on 21st April against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
There are not a lot of changes that the Daredevils can make because they don’t have the luxury of great domestic or international bench strength. Gambhir has to back both his domestic and international players and hope they fire consistently for Daredevils to make it into the top four.
Gambhir has to lead from the front and if he cannot do so, then this could very well be his last IPL. The overseas players in Jason Roy, Chris Morris and Glenn Maxwell will also have to contribute heavily for Daredevils to win. Gambhir has chopped and changed his overseas players in a bid to find the right combination but it might be time for the Daredevils to back their best eleven and give them a few matches.