IPL 2018: 5 Delhi Daredevils players who should be axed ahead of next season

IPL 2018: 5 Delhi Daredevils players who should be axed ahead of next season

Delhi Daredevils was the first team to crash out of the race for the playoffs.

Delhi Daredevils
Players of Delhi Daredevils celebrate the fall of Hardik Pandya’s wicket. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Delhi Daredevils had a disappointing run in the 2018 edition of the IPL. Coming in to the tournament, they expected to turn their fortunes with a new look side. They seemed to have a good blend of players on paper but their execution went horribly wrong in the first half of the season. They lost their very first game of the season against the Kings XI Punjab that exposed their bowling weaknesses.

They took a little too much time to find their ideal combinations. Mid way through the season, they had a change in their captain and that did not seem to work as well. The likes of Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer were phenomenal with the bat. But such individual brilliance rarely clicked for them when it came to the eventual result. By the end of the season, they did manage to find a decent combination and ended on a high to take some confidence with them.

They beat two heavy weight sides – the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians – in their final two league games to exit the tournament on a high. Despite their wins in the last two games, they finished as the wooden spoon winners in the league stage. Certainly, before they kick start their campaign next season, Delhi Daredevils will trim and chop their squad to fine tune it. Some players are likely to be axed.

Here are the 5 players from Delhi Daredevils who should be axed before next season:

1. Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir of Delhi Daredevils. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Delhi Daredevils had their eyes on Gautam Gambhir at the IPL auctions this year. Previously, Gambhir had led the Kolkata Knight Riders to an IPL title twice and hence, he looked like a savior for the DD’s leadership woes. On the personal front, Gambhir started off on a very positive note with a crisp 55 against Kings XI Punjab in the first game. However, it went in a losing cause.

Since then, he played six more matches to return with scores of DNB, 15, 8, 3, 4. As a result of his string of low scores, he stepped down from the captaincy post and did not play any more games in the season. While axing Gambhir might sound like a big deal, it is not new in the IPL to see team captains being axed. Earlier in the tournament, the franchises have dropped their leaders like Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly, and even Rahul Dravid.