Delhi Daredevils peaking at right time
Posted on: 02:31 AM IST May 30, 2008
New Delhi: The Delhi Daredevils didn't boast of a star studded line-up before the tournament began but their skipper believed he had the personnel to bat big, bowl smart and field sharp.
Their performances ranged from stunning to poor and a semi-final spot only came courtesy other results.
They were the third to qualify for the semifinals but can become the first to qualify for the finals when they face Rajasthan Royals in the first semi-final on Friday.
Between the two, Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag are nearing a thousand runs in the tournament and have even held the Orange Cap a few times and with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik also showing good form with the bat, Delhi will go into the semis with high hopes.
"The team that is going to pick at the right moment is going to do very well. Even if the Orange Cap goes to the other team, but we manage to win the IPL, we are going to take that as a better reward," said Karthik.
For a team that began the tournament in style, winning four of their first five games, the Delhi Daredevils went off the boil, winning just three of the last eight matches.
Glenn McGrath has hit his straps despite an extended break after international retirement. And his performance, with help from Vijaykumar Yo Mahesh and Farveez Maharoof has given the skipper quite a few bowling options.
"Like in Jaipur's team, even we have individual players who are winning games for us. But we won't depend on a single player," said Delhi skipper Sehwag.
The Daredevils have survived a few anxious moments in the league phase but in the knockout stage one slip-up will end the dream.