'He must have thought it's nice upstairs' - Ravi Shastri takes a dig at Sourav Ganguly after DC's fifth consecutive loss
Sourav Ganguly serves as Director of Cricket at Delhi Capitals who've lost all five games of IPL 2023 so far.
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The Indian Premier League season 16 has not been a memorable one for Delhi Capitals as they’ve lost five matches on the trot and are yet to register their first win in the ongoing edition. They were once again hammered by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their fifth fixture by 23 runs on Saturday, April 15.
Former India head coach Ravi Shastri was heavily critical of Delhi’s campaign so far and said that it’s difficult for any team to make a comeback after such a poor start and there are people in the dugout who’re not used to so much losing such as head coach Ricky Ponting and David Warner.
"Problem now with Delhi Capitals is, especially with the way the other teams are going, you lose four on the trot, it becomes very, very difficult to come back. There are people in that dugout that are not used to losing. Ricky Ponting's one. David Warner too. He's been on the winning side as well," Shastri said on air as quoted by My Khel.
Shastri further talked about the manner in which DC have been losing their matches. They lost their first encounter against Lucknow Super Giants by 50 runs, and their second game against Gujarat Titans by six wickets. In their third fixture, they were handed a defeat by 57 runs against Rajasthan Royals and were beaten by six wickets against Mumbai Indians in their fourth game.
"It's not about losing. It's about being hammered. It's five on the trot, with you not looking like winning. Losing close games is one thing, when you're being outplayed by opposition, it's not a happy story," he added.
He further took a dig at Sourav Ganguly who serves as Director of Cricket at Delhi Capitals. As DC were dominated in the field once again, Shastri commented that the former BCCI president would be missing sitting upstairs instead of sitting in the DC dugout.
Ganguly must have thought it was nice upstairs: Ravi Shastri
"Sourav Ganguly, the former president of the board. He must have thought it's nice upstairs," Shastri concluded.
Delhi have been having a tough time in the tournament so far as their players have failed collectively. No one other than David Warner and Axar Patel has been among the runs. With the ball, everyone other than Rovman Powell, Mitchell Marsh and Chetan Sakariya have been averaging over 30. They will next face Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday, April 20 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi, and will be desperate to change their fortunes.