Delhi Daredevils’ IPL 2018 season ended in disappointment amidst major changes in the team composition and decline in performances amidst that chaos.
DD had bought Gautam Gambhir with much fanfare, as their former captain returned home after 7 years to lead the team again. However, the excitement and the hullabaloo ended after the first 6 games, when Gambhir unceremoniously gave up captaincy as DD lost 5 of their first 6 games and the captain himself scored just 85 runs in those matches.
23- year-old Shreyas Iyer was handed the captaincy, but the results didn’t change, as DD only managed 4 more wins out of the remaining 8 games, with two of them coming in their last two games. Much of the failure of the team can be attributed to the failure of batsmen in the middle order, misfiring foreign batsmen, persistence with an out of form Glenn Maxwell and constant chopping and changingthe of the team.
Amidst the dark clouds, there was a silver lining of performance by Rishabh Pant, Trent Boult and promise shown by Prithvi Shaw.
Team COC looks at the performance of the DD players and presents the player ratings for IPL 2018
RISHABH PANT 10/10
684 runs in 14 games with a strike rate of 173.60, the highest score of 128*, 37 sixes and 68 fours and an average of 52.61 are just some of the stats put up by Rishabh Pant, making him the best player for DD this IPL 11 season.
The 20-year-old Pant came to the forefront and showed that he could be consistent unlike previous IPL seasons, where he had 2-3 good performances, punctuated with glaring failures. Now that he has performed extremely, he has definitely staked a rightful claim to the successor of MS Dhoni in the shortest format of the game.
ABHISHEK SHARMA 5/10
17-year-old U19 World Cup winner Abhishek Sharma got to show what he could do on the biggest stage of them all, as he made his IPL debut for DD. He played 3 matches, scoring 63 runs, with an amazing 46* on his debut in quick time. Definitely, Abhishek is one player who will take DD to new heights and someone to be groomed for the future.
HARSHAL PATEL 6/10
Harshal Patel showed off his all-around abilities to the full, as he made a valuable contribution towards DD’s win over CSK, winning the Man of the match award for his 36*. He also picked up 7 wickets in the 5 matches he played. DD realized his value a little too late, but Harshal might get to play more games next season, thanks to his performance this time.
VIJAY SHANKAR 7/10
Vijay Shankar made 212 runs in 13 games and picked a solitary wicket for DD. He was good as a middle-order batsman and performed admirably, but almost all his performances came when DD had already crashed out of the IPL and had nothing to lose. But he has done enough to warrant a place in the squad next year.
CHRIS MORRIS 3/10
Chris Morris was retained by the franchise and played 4 games, picking 3 wickets and scoring 46 runs, before an injury ended his IPL 2018 season. There were lots of expectations from Morris and he was getting into his groove before he got injured and left the tournament midway.
SHREYAS IYER 8/10
Shreyas Iyer was also retained by the franchise and after 6 games, was made the captain of the team, as Gambhir stepped down after losing 5 of those games. Unexpectedly thrust into the leadership role with many senior players around him, he struggled to have authority over some players and it showed in the performance of the team.
On the batting side, he was brilliant with 411 runs in 14 matches with a best of 93* with the strike rate of 132.58. DD will have to take a decision on his continuing as the captain for next season.
JASON ROY 4/10
Jason Roy would have thought that he would get a lengthy run for DD, after his match-winning 91* against MI. However, with 120 runs in 5 innings including the 91*, Roy was left to warm the bench, as DD team management chopped and changed the opening slot a lot.
PRITHVI SHAW 7/10
Prithvi Shaw played 9 games and scored 245 runs with a best of 65. He scored two fifties in the first few games he played, but then became the victim of over-eagerness to hit big shots and lost the plot in middle. But, Shaw did enough to show that he was indeed the future of Indian cricket and needs just a little guidance to become consistent and more effective than he was.
GAUTAM GAMBHIR 2/10
Gautam Gambhir’s return to his home franchise after 7 years started off well, with him making 55, but it soon went downhill. DD lost 5 out of first 6 games and Gambhir also lost his form, scoring 30 more runs after his half-century. He then decided to let go of the captaincy and was also dropped from the playing XI for the rest of the tournament; a decision that was incorrect in the hindsight, given the lack of experience in the young team.
RAHUL TEWATIA 5/10
Rahul Tewatia scored 50 runs in 8 matches he played and picked 6 wickets with a best of 3/18. He was having a good time with the ball but had to make way due to the chopping and changing made by team management, as the team was in a free fall of defeats.
DANIEL CHRISTIAN 2/10
Daniel Christian played 4 matches scoring 26 runs and picking 4 wickets. He was expensive with an economy of 8.53 and didn’t do much with the bat either.
COLIN MUNRO 2/10
Colin Munro played 5 games to score 63 runs with a best of 33. He would have wished that the coach and team management showed more trust in him, as they did with Glenn Maxwell.
MOHAMMED SHAMI 1/10
Mohammed Shami spent his IPL 2018 playing less for DD and dealing more with his personal life. He did play 4 matches and picked 3 wickets in those games. If he would have played more matches, DD might have had some of the results in their favor.
NAMAN OJHA 1/10
Naman Ojha played just one game and scored 1 run. Nothing more to say.
LIAM PLUNKETT 2/10
Liam Plunkett replaced Chris Morris in DD and played 7 matches, picking up 4 wickets with a best of 3/17 in one of the better performances from a DD player.
TRENT BOULT 8/10
Trent Boult picked 18 wickets in 14 matches and took the catch of the IPL 2018, that of Virat Kohli against RCB. Boult was fast and swung the ball to make life difficult for the opposition batsmen. His best was 2/20 with an economy of 8.84.
SHAHBAZ NADEEM 1/10
Shahbaz Nadeem played 6 games to pick up 3 wickets for an economy of 10.73. With the leg spinners in Amit Mishra, Rahul Tewatia and Sandeep Lamichhane doing much better, Nadeem didn’t get chance to better his performance.
AMIT MISHRA 7/10
The wily old fox of DD, Amit Mishra played 10 games and picked 12 wickets with a best of 3/19 and economy of 7.13. He was instrumental in DD winning the last few matches and should have played in all games.
AVESH KHAN 2/10
Avesh Khan played 6 matches and picked 4 wickets with a best of 2/29. Avesh showed that he had tremendous pace and bounce, but needs to work on his line and length.
JUNIOR DALA 0.5/10
Junior Dala played one game in his IPL debut for DD and bowled 3 overs for 34 runs.
SANDEEP LAMICHHANE 6/10
Nepalese import Sandeep Lamichhane impressed everyone with his guile and skills as he picked 5 wickets in 3 matches, including 3/36 against MI in a match that knocked out the defending champions. A budding talent, Lamichhane will show more maturity as he plays in future editions of the tournament.
GLENN MAXWELL 0/10
Ricky Ponting, DD coach backed Glenn Maxwell to the hilt, as he played 12 games despite being severely out of form, scoring just 169 runs with a best of 47. He also picked 5 wickets but didn’t perform in the role that he was supposed to do. He was even promoted to open the batting but continued to fail. His best contribution was helping pick two amazing catches at the boundary and then letting Boult have the final glory in the encounter against MI.
As for his rating, his continous failures and backing he received from the coach and team management, kept us from giving him any point.