IPL 2012

More spills than thrills

The amateurish fielding and a lack of bowling support for Dale Steyn left Deccan Chargers bottom of the table for most of the season

Kanishkaa Balachandran

May 21, 2012

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Dale Steyn's outstanding bowling was rewarded with figures of 4-0-10-2, Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Mumbai, April 29, 2012
Dale Steyn: A top performer in an underperforming team © Associated Press
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Where they finished

Second from bottom. A second successive season of disappointment ended with four wins and 11 defeats. Deccan Chargers were one of the tournament's two whipping boys, languishing at the bottom for most part.

Key player

From an Indian perspective, it was pleasing to see an Indian batsman top the run charts. Shikhar Dhawan finished with 569 runs with five fifties and was second behind Chris Gayle (733) in the tournament standings at the end of the league phase. Chargers have depended on him for strong starts, though they could have fared better had he received more support from his more experienced colleagues. It was a continuation of his good form the previous season, when he scored 400 runs. Dhawan has been on the fringes of national selection and his performance this season should nudge the national selectors when they pick the side for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

Bargain buy

Ashish Reddy, the Hyderabad seamer, was identified by the coach Darren Lehmann as one of the promising newcomers to watch. Reddy finished with 11 wickets and was the third-highest wicket-taker for Chargers. Pace may not be Reddy's forte, but he made up for it with his military medium pace and legcutters which made him difficult to get away on slower pitches.

Flop buy

Parthiv Patel was their most expensive buy at the auction ($650,000), but the wicketkeeper-batsman failed to live up to his billing. He managed only 194 runs in 13 innings with no half-centuries, despite opening the batting on six occasions.


In a season with few happy memories, their final league game against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Hyderabad saved them the embarrassment of finishing last. Royal Challengers needed to win to progress to the playoffs, but Chargers launched a spirited fightback, led by a pumped-up Dale Steyn who delivered the spell of the season, to defend a modest 132 against a powerful top order. The win meant that Pune Warriors were the wooden-spoon holders of the season.


The start of the tournament. It took seven games for Chargers to record their first win. It included five consecutive defeats and a washed-out game, which gave them their first points. From then, it was always going to be difficult to bounce back. Their biggest embarrassment was the fielding, which botched their chances of closing out games. It was routine to see a helpless Lehmann appear at press conferences blaming the defeats on schoolboy errors in the field. On one occasion, he said his team fielded like an Under-14 side. Chargers had Trevor Penney, a sought-after fielding coach, on their coaching staff, but it didn't have the desired impact.


Chargers' performance wasn't terribly surprising considering they started the tournament as underdogs. Four of their first five games went into the last over, including Mumbai Indian's freakish last-ball finish. Against Rajasthan Royals, they failed to defend 196. The loss of points from those games derailed them early.

Besides Dhawan, none of the Indians made a significant impact. Steyn was deadly in conditions that suited him and his spells were among the fastest seen on Indian pitches. Sangakkara struggled for consistency, and ended up drop himself for several matches.

Looking ahead, Chargers will have to rethink their squad. It wouldn't be a bad idea to negotiate with other franchises and invest in a few quality Indian players who've had few opportunities. A quality bowler to support Steyn will be handy.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by A.Ak on (May 24, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

How can you miss Cameron White, who finally found his touch after years.

Posted by haree007 on (May 23, 2012, 7:03 GMT)

essential players dale steyn, ishant sharma, pragyan ojha, shikar dhawan, rohit sharma, white. please how the hell can u buy parthiv patel???, loose rohit and ojha. for the rest can handpick cheaper players. the above 6 r essential in every match. with the above combi i cant see dc not winning the trophy. owners spent well and bid max in first auction, whereas in second auction they spent miserly and lost good players, as if wanting to be in the bottom. coach is quite a motivator, i dont think we should change the coach.

Posted by   on (May 23, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

Why don't they replace Parthiv with Wriddiman Saha from Chennai Super Kings, arguable one of the best wicket keeper and high scorer batsman of Indian Domestic Cricket. He can also score runs quickly.Abhinav Mukund, Arun Karthik & Subramaniam Badrinath all are warmed in benches while teams like Rajasthan, Deccan, Kings XI Punjab & Delhi Daredevils who all were short of Indian Batsmen

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

I think deccan chargers have a big mistake to drop hershelle gibbs,r sharma,harmeet sing,and BOWLER harris if they were not lost this all players then they have a good team...in the next season if rohit sharma and andrew symonds and BOWLER harris i dont know if dc lose or win i will support dc only go!!!dc chargers go!!!!!! IN THE NEXT IPL THEY HAVEA GOOD PERFORMANCE....go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Please group all your season review of all the teams together.. Right now they are all scattered.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

DC needed Theron this season for all games.

Posted by Ramakrish86 on (May 22, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

The actual problem with DC is selection of Players. For success in T20 there should be atleast two fast Bowling Allrounders which DC is missing. bowling is a major concern. Dc should consider purchasing players from pakistan when they are available. It should sell player like Christian not pietersen. Pl consider in purchasing quality domestic players from other franchisees who are not able to get the enough opportunity in this season. It should consider the option of changing the head coach and fielding Coach.Hope good show in future season.

Posted by ad2810 on (May 22, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

i am a dc fan i think they should invest in some foreign biggies like grame swann and james anderson or even ravi bopara as an all rounder. even micheal klinger who is valuable at no.4 with hs of 78 runs. As far as the indian contiegnt goes t.suman, rohit sharma, srikanth anirudha, ambati rayudu and even badrinath could strengthen their lineup to become a more formidable side

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 8:34 GMT)

This team lost matches because of its bowling in last 3-5 overs. Couldve won 3 games if the bowling was just a little bit better, we gave 18 in 6 balls to mi, 16 in 6 to dd & had rcb smash 69 runs in 3.5 overs!. The batting is a big worry also, other than dhawan who performed remarkably with 569runs in 15 games. There werent any bright spots other than cameron white who after a few slow games really picked it up and scored 479 in 13 & the rest were sub par. Duminy 244, sanga 200 & then we have the 2nd highest indian player with patel at 194 in 14games. christian 145 in 7, dj harris 111 in 4 & the 3rd highest indian scorer pa reddy with 73 runs in 5 matches!!!

This team needs better indian batting talent, guys like chipli, jaggi, jhunjhunwala arent going to score if top order fails. I say cut christian like they did with kemar roach, throws team balance out of whack due to playing him cause of his price tag. Steyn, white, sanga, duminy for foreign players, switch if you need bowler.

Posted by satish619chandar on (May 22, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

The two overseas slots in White and Steyn were great and coupled with Dhawan and Parthiv a bit formed a formidable batting lineup.. They could have done lot better had they given the fourth overseas slot to Theron.. I was wondering why Harris got so much chance and not Theron while Dhawan and White were in magical form.. Veer P Singh and Asish reddy pulled out much above their weight and did more than what was expected from them.. Mishra was a failure in all the lost games and as if he wanted CSK to make it to playoffs, reformed dramatically in last couple of games :-) One extra Indian batsman will solve the problems of Deccan.. Wished Rohit Sharma stayed with Deccan and the result could have been a lot different.. Or had they not traded Pragyan Ojha too!

Posted by SanjayTandon on (May 22, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

The owners are a joke! How can you sell Ojha & Pietersen and then expect to do well. DC then lost Ishant Sharma through injury and the owners again didn't do anything about it by replacing him. Added to all of this was DC's non-spending approach during the auction where DC didn't spend almost 1 million USD. Are the owners trying to win silverware for Hyderabad or do they just want to save money?

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

White, Steyn & Dumini along with Dhawan...this is what the DCs were about this season. Indian back up ?!??! left to be desired

Posted by sweetspot on (May 22, 2012, 5:22 GMT)

First of all, I think DC were hurt by the absence of Ishant Sharma. Ishant and Steyn together were a deadly combination and we all remember how they both clocked around 150 and kept it up to the batsmen. There are no excuses for bad fielding, and that is a technical matter, but there really is not much we can do about players simply carrying indifferent form into a tournament. DC just never got any sort of momentum, and they lost a few close ones - can be very deflating to any team. All that said, they really aren't as terrible as they looked on the points table, and we should see a much more consistent performance from them next year. What amazed me most is the level of support they got in their home ground despite their dismal record there. Go DC fans!

Posted by msnsrinivas on (May 22, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Keeping with the high sporting tradition of Deccan Chargers, Dale Steyn will be playing for another franchise next season.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

Steyn to me the best entertainer of this tournament. God bless

Posted by   on (May 22, 2012, 0:48 GMT)

DC need one or two good bowlers. Ishant may come back but you never know about others. This year the bowling was so bad that Gony looked better among the bowlers. Amit Mishra was not fit and out of form and his coming to form was too late. Time to dump Ishank Jaggi (15 runs in 3 games), Jhunjhunwala (24 runs in 5 games) and Bharat Chipli (37 runs in 5 games) who cost DC at least three games. I believe DC lost many games just by poor team selection. Time to look for players from other countries (doesn't matter Bangla Desh, Ireland or Pakistan) as long as they are available the entire tournament. Shahid Afridi could be a very useful allrounder.

Posted by KingOwl on (May 22, 2012, 0:17 GMT)

I don't think the problem is either bowling or batting. Sure there are holes to fill. But which team doesn't? Most of them do. The problem us fielding. To improve fielding, the local boys will have to put in the hard yards. It's as simple as that.

Posted by rohithreddy on (May 21, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

Dan christian is the 2nd biggest flop in IPL history after that guy whom Rajasthan bought few seasons ago.. Henderson or something.. there was absolutely no logic behind buying him at such exorbitant price.. he never played in subcontinent conditions before last IPL and you can't judge a player based on their home pitches.. subcontinent conditions are really really different.. I hope teams learn a lesson from that fiasco.. don't pay too much money on a foreign player who isn't yet tried on Indian conditions

Posted by Nampally on (May 21, 2012, 22:20 GMT)

If only Deccan chargers had fielded well & held on to the catchs offered, they would have won at least 4 games even with the side they had. Although Steyn was their best bowler, even he failed against his fellow SA de Velliere's on slaught by giving about 24 runs in an over!.That was another winnable game if only Steyn bowled as well as he did against RCB. The last ball Sixer against Mumbai to lose the match was tragic.DC scored about 180 runs twice but coulod not defend it due to poor fielding.These additional 8 points would have put them in contention for last 4. The DC team were inconsistent & seemed to lack leadership from Sanga.His bowling changes & field placing was unimaginative. With 180 total, the defence with more fielders on the fence is easier than in the circle - when there was no field restriction.The team also needs to retain its talent - lost Raydu, Ojha, Rohit over the years.Steyn, Duminy, White were good but Sanga failed. DC were much better than their 9 point tally.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

their batting had been good....bowling always let them down & failed to defend 180-190 in several games...& fielding was horrible...had they won the close encounters,they could go a long way...but they deserved to be ahead of pune as they were far better...huge improvement required in the bowling department...i think they had the worst local players among all the teams...need 2 buy some good local players specially bowlers....want 2 see cameron white as permanent captain next year...wish them better luck...go chargers!

Posted by 1MAK7 on (May 21, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

Interesting that Cameron White's name does not feature even once in this article!!!

Posted by ssdeep on (May 21, 2012, 19:45 GMT)

It is surprising you didnt mention Sir Daniel Christian under flop buy,the guy will probly not find a place in the ipl again he was that bad

Posted by analyseabhishek on (May 21, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

Apart from the out-of-form sangakara, the indifferent form of Amit Mishra and absence of Ishant Sharma also hurt DC badly. The last 2 games saw Mishra returning to some form and that created enough push for them to clear the line and win. Getting one decent Indian batsman can work wonders for them.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

Ishanth Sharma will be back next year, so Steyn should have an able deputy, selling Ojha was a big mistake, if chargers can buy a decent Indian batsman they should do well next year.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 18:29 GMT)

lehman out and he can take 3rd rated Australians with him. that will do good for deccan.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Ishant Sharma was greatly missed this season; it was also tough to see Amit Mishra not getting into form until late in the season. Keeping this season in mind, I think DC need to buy some Indian Capped players - both bowlers and batsmen, preferably all-rounders.

Ashish Reddy is shaping up pretty well as a middle overs bowler and a pinch hitter in the death overs when he gets just 4-5 balls to face - I am sure he will improve in both the departments by next season.

DC needs to strengthen it's middle order batting and find a good support bowler for Steyn. I am not sure how this can happen, but they have got to improve their fielding

Posted by GlobalCricketLover on (May 21, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

I feel sorry for the owners, really. Not sure who picked their squad but they ended up having 30+ in their team but with only 12-14 decent players. They should get rid of the baggage and focus on quality. Their foreign player stock was really dodgy. Dan Christian scores quick at times, but he always compensates with his poor bowling. They should have at least 6-8 foreign players who can the first choice for any team. Another big glaring hole is the absence of indian internationals. They need to have 4 of them and only juggle with 3 uncapped players. They dont need more than 20 in their squad really. By having more in their squad they could only be distracting themselves and inflating operating/logistics costs. Hope they learn from here and give a good fight next season.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 18:04 GMT)

Deccan missed Ishant badly. STEYN and ISHANT form a good pair. would have won a few more games if Ishant played. DC need to get back their local players.(i.e Rayadu, Suman, Ojha). More imp thing than this is they have to lift up their FIELDING stds, due to which they lost so many matches. DECCAN will come back strong next year! GO CHARGERS GO........

Posted by hunksurat on (May 21, 2012, 17:58 GMT)

Quality Indian bowler ????? Thats mission impossible. Indian bowlers have shown high level of consistency through out this IPL. They have bowled badly at the start, worst in middle overs and horrible in death overs. There are only few bowlers who on their "days" may perform good. I feel sorry for people like dale steyn who perform at their best but find absolutely no support. I know there were below par performances from foreign bowlers. Being a ardent Indian cricket fan I am only worried about Indian team. Just as a fun contest I ask everyone here to pick 4-6 bowlers based on performance for upcoming T20 worldcup My picks Zaheer, Yadav, Ashwin, Aaron, Dinda, Awana (Irony, no spinners other than Ashwin)

Posted by   on (May 21, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

Well Ishant Sharma was missed throughout the tournament as he was the only bowler who could have picked up early wickets and would have supported steyn..and i don't know what sort of squad DC had.leaving the foreign players Indian players weren't good enough to make an impact except dhawan and mishra. hope next year they would make some changes and bring in some talented Indian players as that was the reason they lost so miserably this year despite posting so many high totals and weren't able to defend it...

Posted by ProdigyA on (May 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

The last two wins have been good for DC but i hope that does not cover up the fact that DC's team is the worst team ever. They need to put more money and buy come quality players. You cant win matches with only one man Dale.

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