Hyderabad, Apr 23: Is the fifth edition of Indian Premier League turning out to be a eight-team tournament? It is definitely heading that way after 29 matches till Sunday night.
Deccan Chargers' Results In IPL 5
IPL 5 Points Table
The team in question is, Deccan Chargers. The Hyderabad-based outfit came closer to winning a couple of games but have lost five successive matches. This is not a good sign for the Kumar Sangakkara-led legion and also their owners and the IPL.
So, what is wrong with this team. The answer could be lack of big players. They are turning out be the minnows of IPL 5. They don't have Twenty20 stars. With the exception of Sangakkara, Dale Steyn and Shikhar Dhawan, the others have done very little till date.
For that matter, in any league, there will be few weak teams. Deccan are appearing to be in that category. Their bowling has always been dependent on Steyn's pace. If the South African doesn't click, the rest look ordinary.
Australia all-rounder Daniel Christian is a big disappointment. He was bought in the last year's auction for a price of $ 900,000. He was one of the major buys for Deccan. But he is yet to make any sort of impact.
The other big name in the squad is Cameron White. Since last year, he has lost his form and place in the Australian national squad. He was also stripped of Australia T20 captaincy. He is trying to win his Australia place through IPL. But he has been lacking in runs.
Even the Indian players in the squad, barring opener Dhawan, have failed to lift the team.
Deccan had the same fate of the present when IPL was unveiled in 2008. They finished at the bottom of the points table with just two wins from 14 games. However, things changed drastically in 2009 when captain Adam Gilchrist took them to the title in South Africa.
The champions finished second in the points table in 2010 and missed out on a final berth. But the story was a forgettable one again in 2011 when they ended seventh.
If Deccan have to make that upward movement from the current ninth in the table, it will take a monumental effort from all players including Sangkkara and coach Darren Lehmann.
Besides faltering in batting and bowling, their fielding is a huge concern.
They have to make some serious thinking and make themselves count in IPL or else it will end up an eight-team IPL 5.