Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils (DD) is still struggling in the ongoing 2018 season despite playing under the two-time IPL winner Captain –Gautam Gambhir, who has enormous experience of leading the side –with Delhi and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
So far, DD has managed to win a single game in the IPL 2018, losing three, but DD’s assistant coach Pravin Amre is still confident that Gambhir's experience will do magic for the side this IPL season, saying Delhi-lad’s experience of winning IPL titles makes him a valuable leader.
As per reports in PTI, Amre said, “Gautam comes with the experience of winning IPL twice for KKR which increases his value as a leader. That's the beauty of it all, anybody can't win the championship just like that. He won two championships for KKR, that's what he brings to the table.”
He added, “As coaches, we cannot be on the field always. Quick decisions need to be taken on the field. I think that is where the captain has to be one step ahead of the game. That is the quality Gautam has.”
Former Indian cricketer further added on Gambhir and his experience in the IPL, “Gautam knows what are the changes needed, especially when it comes to breaking big partnerships or when you get back to back wickets how to use your fifth bowler, putting pressure when the new batsmen are coming. He is very good in that, because he played all the IPLs, that's the value and experience he brings to the table. He's got a very good command of the players also.”
On Saturday (21 April), Delhi will take on the hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Amre noted, “We know what are RCB's strengths. We are mostly worried about our strengths; we are going to work on that which will help us beat RCB. One thing is RCB also lost their last game, the pressure is on them. When we played in Mumbai, they lost three back to back games. We have to play to our strength.”
On being asked why RCB is still struggling this IPL season as well despite having world-class batsmen likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum in their ranks, Amre said they are all match winners but “sometimes it just takes time” to get the momentum.
He added, “As we all know they are great players in this format also. Sometimes it just takes time. It's too early to say, as it is the early part of IPL. We know that turnarounds can happen once they get the momentum, they are all great players, and individually they are match winners.”
Amre signed off by saying, “So any team can't underestimate them, but then ultimately it's the execution, that's very important for any team for that matter, whether you are a great player or a youngster also. This is the beauty of IPL; it gives the platform to great players and youngster to explore himself.”