Deccan Chargers May 9, 2012

Jhunjhunwala's amble of a run

Deccan Chargers have dropped catches galore in this IPL. They have fielded at times like an Under-14 side, in the words of their coach Darren Lehmann

Deccan Chargers have dropped catches galore in this IPL. They have fielded at times like an Under-14 side, in the words of their coach Darren Lehmann. It is an atrocious piece of running, though, that might yet come to define their season.

On Tuesday night against Kings XI Punjab, Chargers' chase had been hit by the fall of Daniel Harris, Cameron White and Kumar Sangakkara in the space of eight deliveries. Akshath Reddy and Abhishek Jhunjhunwala tried to salvage the innings with a sixth-wicket partnership of 43. When Reddy fell in the 17th over, Chargers needed 54 from 21 deliveries, not entirely out of reach.

Jhunjhunwala's negligent running, though, gave the impression that Chargers had long given up. After mishitting a full toss to mid-off, Jhunjhunwala ambled down the pitch for the single. But Shaun Marsh quickly reached the ball and threw at the non-striker's end. By the time Jhunjhunwala realised that he would have to increase his pace, the stumps had already been knocked down by the direct hit.

After nine defeats from 11 completed games, Chargers have four matches left. They might still win a few, like the previous season, but like in Jhunjhunwala's case, the stumps have been knocked down for some time now.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Poor morale and to some extent poor playing 11 selections are the likely reasons for these shambolic performances. It looks like they are unable to pick the proper indian players into the playing 11.. maybe its lehman's fault. they've got an okay mix of indian talent but some are underperforming while some didnt get a chance. Not sure why Amit Mishra gets picked any economic bowling is more than compensated by his much poorer fielding and non-existent pinch hitting. Maybe Tanmay Mishra needs to be given a chance ... and why not, the season is lost .. maybe the chargers team will just hold on to him this season and just trade him next year for a slight profit

  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Deccan Chargers blossomed under Gilly after that they have faded in spite of good resources

  • testli5504537 on May 10, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    The funny thing is they rely on same player again and again.. I see many people have not been given any chance to show their mettle. There are players who have got stuff, but not enough chances to show their ability. Parhtiv, Mishra, etc i dotn understnad why they are kept even after failure. I dont think there would be any pressure on DC management to forcefully play specific players in the team!!

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    The team management should be blamed of chargers failure. In the first auction 2 Million was not spent , in the second auction also they did not spend even half of the amount. They made profits by trading players like Peiterson, Ohja and Harmeet to other franchises. Their main reason for the failure is they donot have even one player playing in the Indian team . Every other team has few indian players from national team. The next season will almost replica of the current season unless they make significant efforts in getting good team in IPL 7 .

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Main problem with DC is ,they did not retain their players(who performed for the team in the 1st three IPL) in 4th IPL.They should bring ojha,RP Singh, Bhenu and Rohit back to the team..

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    I agree that dale Steyn is a good bowler, but he has let down DC completely this season. His great bowling came on pitches where scoring was difficult i.e in low scoring contests. But when the pitches helped batsmen, he was clueless. The match against banglore he alone gave them the match as a gift. It was pathetic performance.

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    poor performance in a certain season does not mean that certain team is good or bad. Deccan Chargers is a good team and they will surely bounce back after such a humiliation. They have some very good players and lady luck will surely be smile on them.

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Here are the problems with DC team :

    -Kumar Sangakara has a pathetic record as captain; When he led Kings X1 Punjab they were at the bottom.

    -Dale Steyn is a great bowler but in 20/20 he has lost more matches than he has won. He should never bowl at the death.

    -Deccan Chargers seem to be in the business of making profits by trading players. I will not be surprised if they trade away White in the next season.

    -Apart from the above three players I dont even know who else is in Deccan Chargers

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    The problem with DC is that they dont have a settled 11. Every game 2-3 new players come in and there is no stability. Most prob next game jaggi/ Rajan will replace reddy/pratap. Always mixing the team and no settled batting order makes for a very poor team.

  • testli5504537 on May 9, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    may be they need to have more practice in net and if thy r playing at home they should treat their opponent with hydrabadi biryani and that might help them to win beides other team can do them a favour in repest to biryani

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