IPL 2017: Erratic Delhi Daredevils endure yet another low

Another year, another forgettable outing. That's what best sums up Delhi Daredevils' IPL 2017 campaign. Losing JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock ahead of the tournament was a massive blow, and the team never recovered from it. They endured yet another forgettable season and finished sixth among the eight franchises. In fact, this is the third year in a row that the Daredevils have ended up in bottom three.

What was baffling was that the Daredevils did not look for a replacement for either de Kock or Duminy until the last week of April when Marlon Samuels joined the side. Lack of quality international players meant that the onus fell on the young domestic talent - which with all due respect couldn't cope against quality oppositions. There were flashes of brilliance, but by the time the side regrouped to win a few matches at the business end of the tournament, their Playoff chances were all but dashed.

IPL 10 record: P 14 W 6 L 8 NR -0.51 Points 12

High point

The Daredevils went winless for 15 days, and the four-match losing streak was broken against one of the better sides of the tournament Sunrisers Hyderabad, when they chased down 185 courtesy a collective effort by the batsmen. Sanju Samson's 19-ball 24 and Karun Nair's 20-ball 39 set the pace before allrounders Corey Anderson and Chris Morris put on 41 off 19 balls to take Daredevils past the target. Two days later, the Daredevils pulled off another stunning chase of 209 on the back of a stroke-filled 97 from Rishabh Pant, and a 61 from Samson again. Regrouping from a thrashing at the hands of Mumbai Indians, Shreyas Iyer's wonderful knock of 96 saw Daredevils complete yet another successful chase of 195 against Gujarat Lions.

Low point

Getting bowled out in double figures twice in one season. Simply unacceptable. Against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali, they were bowled out for 67 in 17.1 overs as Sandeep Sharma ripped through their top order. Just six days and three games later playing against Mumbai Indians on their At the Feroz Shah Kotla, Daredevils folded for 66 in chase of 213. Twice in under a week, did the Daredevils update their lowest IPL score, also allowing Mumbai to register the biggest win in IPL in terms of runs.

Captaincy verdict
Set to mentor the side, Zaheer Khan had to rush in to captain the Daredevils at the last moment as Duminy opted to pull out. And yet, the former India bowler started well, and stood up to the task to lead Daredevils to victory in two of their first three matches. But then came the fall, and Zaheer was seen running out of options to settle on a static XI. He had a good team but a lot was reliant on the youngsters, who were exposed as the tournament progressed. 

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