Bangalore, May 24: 2009 Champions have failed to create an impact ever since, as the Deccan Chronicle-owned Deccan Chargers continue to disappoint after finishing second from bottom, ahead of the bottom rooted Pune Warriors in the fifth edition of IPL. The season was yet another disaster for Chargers. Here is a look at how they performed in IPL 5.
Results of Deccan Chargers in IPL 5
With four wins from 11 matches, Kumar Sangakkara-led side lacked consistency as the team did not complement each other, since batting was only the highlight of the season as they consistently scored well but bowlers did not complement the batsmen which resulted in losses after posting a mammoth 190 plus in their quota of 20 overs.
After starting their campaign as underdogs, Chargers' losing streak came as no surprise, but their performance in a couple of matches were commendable except for their fielding and bowling excluding the South African Dale Steyn.
Though it was not a great season for Chargers, Sangakkara's XI can take a few positives from this season, as Shikhar Dhawan proved yet again that he is a reliable player having scored 569 runs off 15 matches at an average of 40.64 with a strike rate of 129.61. He is the highest run-scorer for Deccan Chargers this season, while Cameron White finished with 479 runs off 13 outings, to be placed second in the list of top scorers.
Dhawan, has been quite consistent for the Chargers as he finished with 400 runs last season, while he could have been more effective if he had received more suppoprt from experienced players like Sangakkara, Cameron White and others.
Their last two wins over Rajasthan Royals (by 5 wickets at Hyderabad on May 18) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (by 9 runs at Hyderabad on May 20) were the highlights of the season as they disappointed both the teams and also knocked them out of IPL 5 to claim the eighth spot after languishing at the bottom for most of the tournament.
Darren Lehmann, the coach had also commented on the team's fielding after a few matches, as it was shoddy and looked like an U-14 team on field.
"We should have taken the catches and should not have allowed the ball pass between the legs while fielding. It was like an under-14 team on the ground," a visibly disappointed coach Lehmann said the media conference.
Shikhar Dhawan (India) - The most consistent player for Chargers, Dhawan has registered five fifties in IPL 5, and has piled 569 runs this season off 15 matches to become the highest run-scorer for Deccan Chargers in the fifth edition of IPL.
Cameron White (Australia) - The Australian has recorded five fifties in IPL 5, to become the second highest scorer for Chargers (479)
JP Duminy (South Africa) - With 244 runs off 9 matches, the South African is the third highest run-scorer for Chargers this season.
Dale Steyn (South Africa) - The lanky pacer was exceptional as he claimed 18 wickets off 12 outings, with an economy rate of 6.10 and a strike rate of 15.5. His best bowling figures were 3/8 this season.
Amit Mishra (India) - The spinner though did not live upto the expectations, managed to grab 13 wickets off 14 matches at a strike rate of 21.6, with an economy rate of over 8.
Ashish Reddy (India) - The 21 year old has also created an impact as he utilised the opportunity by grabbing 11 wickets off 9 matches, to become the third highest wicket-taker for Chargers this season. The right-arm medium pacer got 3/25 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, which helped his team to knock RCB out of IPL 5.
With such performances, Deccan Chargers though have a few positives, would like to groom their youngsters, fine-tune their fielding skills and come up with a more balanced unit in the furture editions of IPL.