By: Sandipan Bose
Making a mistake on the field is the most natural thing to do, but committing it for the second time is an act of carelessness. We are talking about the Delhi Daredevils, who were on a roll after winning two back-to-back games.
But, when they went in for the Kolkata match at home, they made two changes in the playing XI. The previous match hero Corey Anderson was unwell and, therefore, missed the KKR game.
However, everyone was surprised when Shahbaz Nadeem was dropped to accommodate Mohammed Shami. On Wednesday, Delhi changed the playing XI again and dropped Shami to include Jayant Yadav.
This move again cost them dear. Zaheer Khan couldn’t give the full quota of four overs to Yadav, who gave away 16 runs in his two. The Daredevils again lost the match and this time against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
It’s shocking to see team allowing the opposition to walk away with all the advantages. Once and while, it’s a great idea to experiment and see the depth of a team by testing the bench strength.
But, when you are not in a position of strength and desperately seeking to win games to grab the momentum, making horrific choices of players is the last thing a team should look to do.
Illness to a player like Anderson is something, which is beyond control. But when you have better replacements, why not opt for them? In other words, the team should have gone for Carlos Brathwaite instead of Angelo Mathews.
And when you are seeing that the opposition has given a winning target of 192, the team should have promoted a hard-hitter like Chris Morris ahead of Mathews.
And when you know that Morris can score a fifty off just 10 deliveries, why not take a chance by promoting him up the order? So, it’s important for Delhi to get it right and before it goes out of control!