IPL 2019: It Has Been the Fearlessness of Delhi Capitals Which Have Took Them to the Cusp of Their Maiden IPL Final Says Sunil Gavaskar
Former India skipper and a popular commentator currently, Sunil Gavaskar is of the opinion that it has been the fearlessness of Delhi Capitals which have meant that they are on the cusp of appearing in their first ever final in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL). After defeating the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator clash, they will surely back themselves to get past a fancied Chennai Super Kings who have lost 5 of their last 7 games so far and hasn’t been anywhere close to their best.
Despite being the perennial underachievers of the tournament, Delhi Capitals have played with a lot of flair in this competition and it has been the presence of players like Rishabh Pant and Kagiso Rabada which have made them come so close to lifting their maiden IPL title. They have put up some exceptional performances but have also suffered some horrendous defeat from the cusp of victories.
“It’s been an exhilarating journey for the youthful Delhi team with some breathtaking performances and some forgettable blowouts,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday. “Their young batting talent is a joy to watch as with the fearlessness of the young, they play shots that are hard to believe.”
Delhi Capitals made it to the playoffs of Vivo IPL 12 after finishing on 3rd in the points table which meant they had to take the hard yard and face Hyderabad in a knockout clash whereas Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings got an opportunity to contest in the Qualifier 1 which gave them a couple of shots a the final.
“It’s also the restlessness of youth that then makes them indulge in a rush of blood shot that leads to their dismissal when a measured approach would have taken their team home without any tension,” he wrote.
Sunil Gavaskar also feels that DC skipper Shreyas Iyer who is a young man himself is a quick learner which was on display during the clash against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. He handled his troops quite brilliantly and ensured that they kept Hyderabad to a competitive score of 161. All in all, Iyer has taken up the challenge of leadership and has been helped immensely by the likes of Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly.
“That is what experience teaches and what the Delhi team has shown is that it is learning and learning fast. The manner in which Keemo Paul kept his nerve against Hyderabad to take Delhi to the second qualifier showed that the youngsters are understanding the situation rapidly,” he said.
“While Delhi has a frenzied look about them, Chennai, led by their uber-cool captain, give a serene, unhurried impression on the field. Even while fielding, they seem to move almost casually and hardly show excitement at anything. The exception, of course, is when Imran Tahir gets a wicket. The manner in which he takes off into the deep cover position is delightful.”
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