The Delhi Capitals (DC) have certainly punched very much above their weights in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Shreyas Iyer-led team finished the league stages at the third position on the points table and then qualified for the playoffs for the first time in six years. DC then recorded a sensational victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a nerve-wracking Eliminator clash. However, the Delhi team experienced a disappointing defeat against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) which brought to an end to their promising campaign.
The Shreyas Iyer-led young brigade had a whole lot of performers who did a fabulous job for the team this season. The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, skipper Shreyas Iyer were the major contributors from the batting department. South African speedster Kagiso Rabada, who had to pull out of the season due to injury, has been star performer in totality for the Delhi Capitals this year. The pacer is the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with a fabulous tally of 25 wickets at an impressive average of 14.72.
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar is very much impressed with the Delhi team’s performance this year. In his recent column for The Times of India, Gavaskar mentioned that Delhi is the team to watch out for in the upcoming editions of the IPL. He noted that they have the ability to get their hands on the prestigious trophy.
“Delhi is the team to watch out for and don’t be surprised if they get their hands on the trophy sooner than later,” wrote Sunil Gavaskar in his column for The Times of India.
While talking about the Qualifier 2 clash between DC and CSK, Gavaskar mentioned, “Experience showed how to keep its nerve to exuberance when Chennai beat Delhi easily in what was anticipated to be a nail biter. The manner in which the Chennai bowlers choked some of the finest young stroke-makers in India was awesome.”
Gavaskar further noted that it could be the fact that the Delhi players had the thoughts of qualifying for the final for the first time at the back of their minds during the game against CSK, which got them choking down.
“It could well be that the sense of the occasion and the delicious anticipation of getting to the finals got to the youngsters but they will be the better for the experience,” Gavaskar furthered.