Bangalore, May 21: A team that boasts of David Warner and Virender Sehwag was expected to be at least in the top 5. But Delhi Daredevils had the ignominy of finishing at the last position in IPL 2013.
Among many reasons, DD's big guns failed to deliver. Sehwag's waning form and Warner's not so impressive showing were among other factors for DD's dismal showing in IPL 6.
DD lost 13 games out of 16 and were placed 9th in 9-team league. From being in the last-four in the previous edition, this was not the result expected by their fans.
Five reasons for Delhi Daredevils' dismal show
Absence of Kevin Pietersen and Jesse Ryder
England's Pietersen and Ryder of New Zealand were expected to play a big role for DD this year. But Pietersen's absence, through injury and Ryder, through an unfortunate assault on the cricketer in New Zealand, were huge setbacks. It could have been an entirely different story for DD if these two big hitters had played.
Lack of runs from Virender Sehwag
First, Sehwag lost his place in the Indian team. And IPL was a big chance for him to prove a point that he is not a spent force. But he failed to grab the opportunity. Barring one knock of 95 not out, Sehwag of the old was missing throughout. His struggles with the bat prompted Wasin Akram to poke fun at the Delhi dasher by saying "Virender Sehwag looks like No. 11 batsman." He scored 295 runs in 13 innings.
Morne Morkel's struggles with the ball
South Africa paceman Morne Morkel did not have a good season and it was left to Umesh Yadav to shoulder the responsibility of pace attack. Yadav (16 wickets) impressed with pace and wickets but lacked a partner at the other end. Morkel, who won the Purple Cap in 2012 with 25 wickets, took only 7 wickets in 10 games.
Under-19 World Cup hero Unmukt Chand flops
When Unmukt Chand led India to Under-19 World Cup glory in 2012, he was talked about as the next big thing in Indian cricket. In the lead up to IPL 6, Chand showed tremendous form with the bat by smashing 2 hundred in the BCCI's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament. But all that form counted for nothing as he was off to a disastrous start, bowled off the first ball of the season by Kolkata Knight Riders' Brett Lee. He had another golden duck in 9 games and finished with 158 runs.
Domestic players disappoint
Local Indian players such as Kedar Jadhav, Manprit Juneja, Shahbaz Nadeem and Chand had very little to contribute to the team.