Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2012, Chennai May 25, 2012

The madness of benching Morne Morkel

To make up for Irfan Pathan's absence, Delhi Daredevils made two changes, one of which was leaving out Morne Morkel. And that made a significant difference
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In the end, the blow that had the most telling impact on the second qualifier was struck by Jacques Kallis.

Three days ago, in the first qualifier between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils, Kallis drove a ball hard back at Irfan Pathan, who stuck out his right hand and tried to catch it. The blow cut Irfan's hand severely and though he completed his spell and batted in that match - which Knight Riders won to make the final - the Daredevils management decided to leave him out of the knockout clash against Chennai Super Kings. Irfan's absence threw Daredevils' team composition into disarray.

To fill the allrounder's slot at No. 7, and maintain the balance of six batsmen, one allrounder and four bowlers, Daredevils brought Andre Russell into the team. Had they played a specialist bowler instead, the tail would have been five batsmen long. To include Russell, however, they had to leave out one of the overseas players that played in the loss to Knight Riders - David Warner, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor or Morne Morkel.

They chose to bench Morkel - IPL 2012's highest wicket-taker, with 25 scalps at an average of 18 and economy of seven per over. Morkel, the bowler who had inspired the season's most improbable victory by conceding two runs in the penultimate over of the defence against Rajasthan Royals. Despite having three leading overseas batsmen and Virender Sehwag, Daredevils decided they needed the insurance of Russell's batting.

The more baffling decision, if such a thing were possible, was the replacement for Morkel. Instead of picking the proven left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem - unless he was not fit - or the experienced Ajit Agarkar, Daredevils brought in Sunny Gupta. Sunny Who? An offspinner who had never played in the IPL before; they gave him the first over as well.

It started badly, and never improved. Murali Vijay danced down the pitch to Gupta's first ball, and hit him to the long-off boundary. Agarkar's economy this IPL has been poor - 9.34 - but he'd have had to experience the most horrendous day to do worse than Gupta's 15.66 in three overs. While Russell had satisfactory figures of 0 for 30 in four overs, Daredevils' fifth bowler - three overs from Gupta and one from Sehwag - went for 0 for 68. Their fourth bowler, Varun Aaron, went for 2 for 63.

In the only other match Morkel missed in this IPL, Daredevils conceded more than 200 against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Today they conceded 222, the highest total of the season.

"Unluckily, Irfan got injured so we had to change the combination," Sehwag said after the defeat. "It was difficult to pick four foreigners, but we backed Russell to do the job. But yes we missed Morne Morkel."

Super Kings, on the other hand, went into the game with no injury worries and clarity of selection. Their side was unchanged from the one that swatted Mumbai Indians aside. And now, after M Vijay's 51-ball century, all of their batsmen have found some sort of form. Ironically, Dhoni also said he would have chased had Sehwag not won the toss, but was happy to have been given first use of a batting-friendly pitch.

"I think it was a very good wicket to bat on initially, second half I don't think it was 100% same," Dhoni said. "It changed a bit but it was not a very bad wicket … It was a wicket where 180-odd runs or 170-odd runs were chaseable, but 40-plus runs in a T20 game becomes very difficult to chase.

"I thought personally they had the line-up who could do that, but it is not an easy job. You have to keep hitting and you have to survive, that is a difficult task."

Daredevils did not threaten the target at all, and the tactic of opening with Jayawardene and dropping Sehwag to No. 3 did not pay off entirely. The most crucial tactical ground, however, had been conceded before the coin was tossed.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | May 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Not interested in all these IPL things.. but interested in reading on Morkel has bowled brilliantly through out IPL. It is really a good news as a SA supporter waiting for the England test series. Well done Morkel.. keep up the same form for the RED BALL.

  • POSTED BY akbarbirbal007 on | May 26, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    I am sick of seeing this yellow colour jersey winning again and again first it was austrailia who seemed to be winning everything which came there way..know its is csk can't watch tommo final as they will easily tame kkr...

  • POSTED BY mandar11 on | May 26, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Some people on this forum are saying how much difference would having Morkel have done to Delhi..may be he would have saved just 30 runs but Delhi would have still lost. But here's my point, Morkel is Delhi's highest wicket taker and he is a wicket taking bowler. If DD had included Morkel in the team and he had bowled first over in place of Gupta then things would have been different because Vijay was not in great form at all..he would have either got Vijay out or at least not allowed Vijay to score this freely..this would have made huge impact.When you go into such an important match you should let your best players have a go at opposition.Russell is an average player and not a world class allrounder.Including him in the team in place of Morkel did not make much sense and what was even worse was allowing Gupta to play in semifinals when he hadn't played at all in IPL. I am not saying these were the only reasons DD lost but these bad decisions took away advantage from them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    The biggest mistake any captain can make is by changing the winning combination in crucial matches. It appeared that Virender Sehwag did not learn any lessons from last defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders. he repeated the same mistakes with some modifications in it against CSK

  • POSTED BY aussiecurry on | May 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I always had few doubts about Sehwag and Bajji for a captaincy role, why team management preferred some times GAUTi or raina and now little Kohli... ha ha ha i got all the answers after 4th test in AUS and now in both playoffs.. so all the great players can't be a great leaders, hats off to MSD for making everything possible from impossibles..champions are not born different they do things different like MSD Goodluck viru with ur future IPL

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | May 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    why isnt anyone mentioned the baltantly obviuos choice of Kohli for the next Indian captain?Is there something in India the rest of us dont know about??btw that is not me saying that MSD should be removed as i rate him as a captain and he certainly is "mr Cool" in terms of managing tight situations...

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    they showed their timidity. The selection should have been Morne first and then the others.Its seldom that you need so many batsmen in t20.But DD were cowards and had to suffer for it.

  • POSTED BY veeranx on | May 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Another stupidity was opening with Sunny Gupta. The first over set the tone of the match. Who is sunny gupta? A Tamil Nadu player. Who hit the first over for 12 runs, Murali Vijay, surprise, another Tamil Nadu player who would have played this uncapped spinner a million times in nets. This over really would have given Vijay the freedom to open himself up for a century. Kudos Vijay.

  • POSTED BY nandooo on | May 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss about CSK making it to playoffs and some people terming it as 'backdoor' entry. Just because they finished their matches first doesn't mean what happened later on was their good luck. If thye had played the last match, we would have called them lucky to have known what is needed. People got to be a little sensible here - RCB could not beat DC because the are too dependent on Gayle and on that day Steyn bettered them. They lost so they are out. RR was a bad team always and they should have been out of contest much earlier. CSK went into playoffs purely by merits (any other team with more points? or, was there a match abandoned in the last phase that helped them get through?). Every player in the team stod up when needed unlike DD or KKR or RCB or MI. Teams were lucky in the league phase that only one or two stood up for CSK in a match. Now that everybody in the team is contributing (as is CSK known for) they are looking invincible.

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | May 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Sachin & Sehwag are brilliant batsmen on their day. At least Sachin knows that he can't captain a side so he steps aside and gives it to someone, but why Sehwag doesn't do that? Ego? Just because you are a very good batsman doesn't mean you can lead the side successfully. Loosing is okay in any sport, but loosing it even before you take the field is very bad. No good for the team, fans or the game.

  • POSTED BY JustOUT on | May 26, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Not interested in all these IPL things.. but interested in reading on Morkel has bowled brilliantly through out IPL. It is really a good news as a SA supporter waiting for the England test series. Well done Morkel.. keep up the same form for the RED BALL.

  • POSTED BY akbarbirbal007 on | May 26, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    I am sick of seeing this yellow colour jersey winning again and again first it was austrailia who seemed to be winning everything which came there way..know its is csk can't watch tommo final as they will easily tame kkr...

  • POSTED BY mandar11 on | May 26, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    Some people on this forum are saying how much difference would having Morkel have done to Delhi..may be he would have saved just 30 runs but Delhi would have still lost. But here's my point, Morkel is Delhi's highest wicket taker and he is a wicket taking bowler. If DD had included Morkel in the team and he had bowled first over in place of Gupta then things would have been different because Vijay was not in great form at all..he would have either got Vijay out or at least not allowed Vijay to score this freely..this would have made huge impact.When you go into such an important match you should let your best players have a go at opposition.Russell is an average player and not a world class allrounder.Including him in the team in place of Morkel did not make much sense and what was even worse was allowing Gupta to play in semifinals when he hadn't played at all in IPL. I am not saying these were the only reasons DD lost but these bad decisions took away advantage from them.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    The biggest mistake any captain can make is by changing the winning combination in crucial matches. It appeared that Virender Sehwag did not learn any lessons from last defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders. he repeated the same mistakes with some modifications in it against CSK

  • POSTED BY aussiecurry on | May 26, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    I always had few doubts about Sehwag and Bajji for a captaincy role, why team management preferred some times GAUTi or raina and now little Kohli... ha ha ha i got all the answers after 4th test in AUS and now in both playoffs.. so all the great players can't be a great leaders, hats off to MSD for making everything possible from impossibles..champions are not born different they do things different like MSD Goodluck viru with ur future IPL

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | May 26, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    why isnt anyone mentioned the baltantly obviuos choice of Kohli for the next Indian captain?Is there something in India the rest of us dont know about??btw that is not me saying that MSD should be removed as i rate him as a captain and he certainly is "mr Cool" in terms of managing tight situations...

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    they showed their timidity. The selection should have been Morne first and then the others.Its seldom that you need so many batsmen in t20.But DD were cowards and had to suffer for it.

  • POSTED BY veeranx on | May 26, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Another stupidity was opening with Sunny Gupta. The first over set the tone of the match. Who is sunny gupta? A Tamil Nadu player. Who hit the first over for 12 runs, Murali Vijay, surprise, another Tamil Nadu player who would have played this uncapped spinner a million times in nets. This over really would have given Vijay the freedom to open himself up for a century. Kudos Vijay.

  • POSTED BY nandooo on | May 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I don't understand the fuss about CSK making it to playoffs and some people terming it as 'backdoor' entry. Just because they finished their matches first doesn't mean what happened later on was their good luck. If thye had played the last match, we would have called them lucky to have known what is needed. People got to be a little sensible here - RCB could not beat DC because the are too dependent on Gayle and on that day Steyn bettered them. They lost so they are out. RR was a bad team always and they should have been out of contest much earlier. CSK went into playoffs purely by merits (any other team with more points? or, was there a match abandoned in the last phase that helped them get through?). Every player in the team stod up when needed unlike DD or KKR or RCB or MI. Teams were lucky in the league phase that only one or two stood up for CSK in a match. Now that everybody in the team is contributing (as is CSK known for) they are looking invincible.

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | May 26, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Sachin & Sehwag are brilliant batsmen on their day. At least Sachin knows that he can't captain a side so he steps aside and gives it to someone, but why Sehwag doesn't do that? Ego? Just because you are a very good batsman doesn't mean you can lead the side successfully. Loosing is okay in any sport, but loosing it even before you take the field is very bad. No good for the team, fans or the game.

  • POSTED BY mugunin on | May 26, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Though I am MI supporter, it is true that...

    CSK scared MI from the 10th over of the match. CSK scared DD from the 1st of over the match. Now.. CSK will scare KKR even before the beginning of the match. So who will win?.

    From this IPL, it is clear that next India captain chances are only for Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    First of all, I felt shame to support Delhi (am from Tamil Nadu). I hear Delhi team management picked sunny gupta, as he knows chennai conditions very well. But who knows sunny gupta, Is he Shane warne or any other top bowlers in world. This is his first match and every one says that if he would have picked Murali vijay then the story is different, but You know there is Dhoni, Bravo who would have stammered this useless off spinner. Mistakes never accepted 1. Morkel Out 2. Winning toss and choosing to bowl (like what shewag does in his batting, fixing his mind to go for a shot despite of the ball length) 3. Sunny Gupta 1st Over 4. Making Murali Vijay as a Hero (as he is not a consistent player) . Delhi's non sense decisions made Chennai as Hero.

  • POSTED BY Ganes.V on | May 26, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    Stupidity No1: winning toss and sending CSK to bat. same mistake as that of MI Stupidity No2: Morne Morkel asked to sit to be replaced by a spinner?? Irfan allrounder replaced by Russel understandable.. Stupidity No3: Viru didnt open. He should have opened with Warner and Mahela should have batter 4 Naman Ohja 3 Taylor 5 Russel and so on Stupidity No4: In league matches Viru kept telling that he wants tobat until 15th over and what happened in the virtually Semi Final equivalent match? In the end it is all happening for CSK again.. The invisible hand of God started playing for them right from when everyone thought they are out. Otherwise who would have imagined RCB losing to DC to help CSK qualify.. This is luck good fortune and all forces of nature playing for them. i wont be surprised if they go on to win this time again.. and as everyone says Dhoni is one hell of a lucky captain and a brave one too.. He comes out showing his true colors when really needed.. Let the best team win now

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    A pack of lions, led by a donkey, defeated by hyenas... lol

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Sehwag captains the way he bats. Without using the brain. Who else will fall for an upper cut, when you are short of a great landmark by just ONE run; that too after failing to connect trying the same shot against two consecutive balls, trying the same shot. He will NEVER captain India is a wrong statement. He SHOULD NEVER be allowed to captain India! He should be used at No 6, with clear mandate hit some quick runs and rattle the opposition. Period.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Sehwag dropped Morkel yesterday - Last 6 matches, Morkel bowled 24 overs, took 6 wickets for 187 runs, at avg 31.2, economy of 7.8... Out of this, he took 20 for 4 on green top at Dharamshala, so there was a reasonable case of dropping Morkel on a slow track, the move backfired, simple... Bout Sunny Gupta, Sehwag must have thought that he might succeed like Chandila did for Rajasthan... No need to bash Sehwag, the moves JUST BACKFIRED...

  • POSTED BY NLS1 on | May 26, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Sehwag is a very average captain. Period. A smarter captain would have lead Delhi to IPL trophy this season with the kind of team they have.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    Yesterday's match proved why Sehwag can never be Captain of Indian Cricket Team...

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    seems that every thing is not right in IPL

  • POSTED BY ace_off on | May 26, 2012, 7:00 GMT

    Thank god Sehvag never captained India. His thinking and strategies are baffling to say the least. I suppose he himself is aware he is not a captain material that's why he relinquished captaincy earlier and Gambhir was made DD captain. But DD franchisee are too keen to make Sehwag captain so ALL THE BEST for their future campaigns. DD also didn't do themselves any favour by not building the balanced squad. MI, CSK and KKR have the best squads. DD reached so far all because of KP and Sehwag's flash of form in the middle part of the tournament. Though I am not a KKR fan but it looks the best and most consistent team of the tournament and wish they win the finals. Though back door entrants are always dangerous I don't like them winning (in this case CSK). GO KKR GO AND WIN THE FINAL.

  • POSTED BY analyseabhishek on | May 26, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    Every move has two sides- if Suuny Gupta knew the conditions because he plays for Tamilnadu, Murali Vijay also does- plus knows Sunny's game because he also plays for the same team! In the end, DD lost their nerve and mind and got duly thrashed. But to be honest, they had never looked that strong once the forceful batting of Pietersen went away.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Puzzling Facts - Why was Andre Russel choosen, should have chosen Ajit Agarkar as Irfan Replacement. Dropping Morne Morkel was unacceptable as he was the best bowler Playing Sunny Gupta was unacceptable instead of Nadeem as he had never played an IPL match Bowling first was risky as we know Delhi has been chokers in crucial matches Venugopal Rao is playing just because DD is a GMR team and he is from Andhra. He has made contribution to only one match in whole of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Morne morkel is a wicket taking bowler all right.. but if he was in the team then, CSK would have tried to play out his overs and not try to attack.. like in the previous CSK vs DD encounter, where morne's figures were (4-0-31-0) which would have not made much difference... the score would have been restricted to 180 max... and still CSK would have won... If u ask me, instead of GUPTA, Sehwag should have chosen NADEEM... Sehwag made a mistake, leaving out M. Vijay.. that makes sense cuz, absolutely no one expected him to score this big, after a series of disappointing failures... :D it was great to watch M. Vijay play such beautiful shots though..

  • POSTED BY Kunal-Talgeri on | May 26, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Let's get one thing straight: for whatever reason, Irfan Pathan IS NOT an all-rounder. And Morkel could easily have replaced either Aaron or Umesh Yadav. From outrageous, the IPL has breached the absurd barrier.

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | May 26, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Ross Taylor or Mahela should have been benched. Both Morne and Russell should have been automatic choices. After previous matches performance, Varun deserved a drop and an indian batsman should have taken his place.

  • POSTED BY Harik66 on | May 26, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    DDD winning the toss and bowling 1st, allowing Gupta to bowl the 1st over everything was totally acceptable!! Had it not been Vijay it was an entirely different story!! You cant sitout Morkel but you need team balance too!! this could've worked out on any other day..

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    This conversation will look terribly silly on Monday, when the trophy will come to Kolkata.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    DD's biggest problem was lack of trust in the Indian players. Which meant over reliance on foreign players. For example, why would you persist with taylor when he has scored virtually nothing and more importantly returning in a hurry from injury. they should have trusted Nagar, Rao, Ojha to deliver and picked Morkel and Russel. That would have given them the balance. And, as for Gupta, he plays for TN and supposedly knows the conditions well. Just that the move back-fired. And Morne wouldn't have ensured a victory seeing the way all the CSk batsmen played. Overall poor captaincy from Sehwag, I don't remember when he was good with his captaincy, that cost the match. They would be better off to hand Jayawardene, one of the most astute captains the mantle next season.

  • POSTED BY akbarbirbal007 on | May 26, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Sunny gupta replacing Irfan reminded me of one more famous replacement in the past TP Singh replacing Ganguly both didn't make sense as both the players were never heard in the future

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 26, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    sweetspot maybe he would of got vijay out first ball, its his wicket taking ability that was missed not his runs per over.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    @sweetspot: I agree with you...It doesnot mean that If Sehwag played Morne they have had a good chance to win...He might have ended up with 30-0 just like Russel or 15-0.In that case, Chennai Score will be around 190-200.Still it would be a difficult target to reach..Consider the eliminator match which has second best bowlser of the tournament...Stop commenting on Sehwag....When DHONI SELECTING JADEJA SIR IN EVERY MATCH, ANDRE RUSSEL IS BETTER...NEVER THINK ABOUT THE MISTAKE ONE SIDED..

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    The people who are suggesting that Morne Morkel would not have made much of a difference cuz Russell only conceded 30 runs in his quota of overs, are forgetting that Morkel is a WICKET taking bowler. He would have provided with wickets. So, its not a matter of 20-30 runs, its about the wickets. Had he got Vijay's wicket early, it would have been a different story completely. So, seriously stop justifying leaving out morkel because to be very frank, there is NO justification in that!!

  • POSTED BY akbarbirbal007 on | May 26, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Iin a 20 over game you need only two batsman to fire to post up a decent total or even to chase a mammoth total if they do there job well then the rest will play good cameos as there task is cut out. However if all 6 batsman collectively fail which didnt happened in the entire DD's campaign in this year's IPL,what can 1 all-rounder do...?If irfan was DD trump card then morne was there ace how could they forget his spell against RR in which he won the game for his side from nowhere. Irfan could have been replaced by Ajit Agarkar/yogesh nagar or if they where so overconfident they could have played bracewell or van merve as they both would have not allowed morne's absence to be felt that much

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    Guys go on easy on Sehwag. I do know why people had so much expectations from him. Look players like Sachin and sehwag play their natural brilliant games in normal situations. But whenever stacks are high these guys fail under the pressure of expectations. World cup final is one such example. Both were playing good in league matches but when it came to semifinal and final we needed Yuvraj and Dhoni to deliver. So the lesson is you should not expect much from Sehwag and Sachin in crunch games.

    On the other hand players like MSD will shine when stacks are high. MSD's innings in world cup and against MI on otherday is perfect example.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 26, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    if they moved sehwag to 4th or 5th , suddenly DD has middle order. You do not need einstein to figure that out. When openers play irresponsible shot , procession will start. Move the culpirit to middle , all will be fixed. I still think Delhi bowlers except yadav and morkel others are not that good. DD needs to ship out pathan and get some other indian all rounder. Even decent bowler will better job. Ay guy with brain is what delhi needs. DD needs smart cunning bowlers. That said even useless albie morkel getting wickets under dhoni. I think a good captain make ordinary players into great players. A good captain define role for each person so he can excel. i still think CSK team really not good , they are just winning because of DHONI presence alone. Lucky or not , he makes others play for him. Sehwag on the other hand no clue what to do. He moveds down mainly because of hilfenhaus swinging threat. He should permanently moved 4 down next season if they dream of winning IPL anytime.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 5:06 GMT

    why did not play purple cap holder, sehwag cannot be a good captain, sorry

  • POSTED BY Kudre on | May 26, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Complete mental fade out by Viru in the last two games have cost the Double D's dearly. For me the captaincy and vice captaincy of the Indian cricket team at least in T 20 and ODI's is crystal clear.....MSD and the pocket rocket Gauti!!

  • POSTED BY jagatr on | May 26, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Poor tactics all around from DD - lousy team selection in the match against KKR where they went with 4 pacers on a slow Pune pitch known to help the slower bowlers. And then Sehwag wins the toss and decides to BOWL??? Finally, he went and hid himself at #3 instead of stepping up and the responsibility of firing off an aggressive chase. DD deserved what they got - so did CSK. Now I hope they stick it to KKR...I dont think I can bear to see SRK's smug face if they win - Please God! :)

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | May 26, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Let's contain this Sehwag bashing a little, shall we? It is not every day that Vijay scores 100+ with 200 strike rate. What if Morne had gone for zero runs in his four overs? He would have played instead of Andre Russel who gave 30. So CSK would have scored 222-30 = 192. Did DD get 193 and lose? No! They got 86 runs less than CSK. Sunny Gupta is a bit of a surprise. What if he had got a wicket in his first over? Then it would be an inspired selection. But he happens to play cricket for TN, which means Vijay knows him very well. But Hussey has no idea! There is still some logic there. When CSK is in this mood, others are bound to make mistakes out of sheer nervousness. It was only the 3rd over when Mahela came on the microphone, and he was already talking defensively about his team's chances. End of story against a team like CSK.

  • POSTED BY vj3478 on | May 26, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    Good reason to bench Morne for the 'team balance'. still its pretty dumb isnt it?

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 4:19 GMT

    I think Morkel decision was reasonably acceptable (given their flaky batting outfit with no KP, poor form of Sehwag & Ross Taylor and no allrounders) and partially redeemed as the batsman scored 130-odd on a good batting wicket. But, it was the decision to bowl some Gupta and the decision to bat that were clearly terrible. In the end it would have made no difference to the result (given the magnitude of the loss).

  • POSTED BY Srini62 on | May 26, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    I feel sorry for the DD fans. But let them not mistake inclusion of Morne Morkel would have guaranteed victory for DD. T20 match is won by a collective team effort which includes all three departments- batting,bowling and fielding. To think Morne Morkel would have won he match for DD is as foolish as Shewag's decision to drop him. Having said that, credit must be given to CSK for the way they batted, bowled and fielded- a collective team effort which won the match for them. CSK would have had a diifferent strategy to win even if Morne Morkel had played. The teams that depend on individual performances excessively are bound to perish at some point. We have seen that in IPL5.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    Even if DD was constrained to choose four overseas players, why not drop Ross Taylor to keep Morkel in Team. Ok, Taylor is a batsman and Morkel is a bowler, but throughout most of the IPL, Taylor's contribution as a player has been much less than that of Morkel. Moreover, in the match against KKR, Taylor came at seven, both Negi and Ojha came before him. That should imply DD considers Negi and Ojha better batsman than Taylor. In that case why keep Taylor in the playing eleven at all when he is only going to eat up one place allotted for the foreign players?

  • POSTED BY Tanaka_Yakuza on | May 26, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    what is this fuss about an article written purely on writers POV ?! DD did the RIGHT decision by selecting all round Russel instead of Morkel and why people are crying over this ? Morkel is NO steyn. NO WAY. Morkel takes wickets and he is economical occasionally. BUT he gos for MANY MANY runs some times. Had he played what is the guarantee that DD ended up winners ? there is NONE ! So everyone stop crying and move on. I am neither a DD nor Shewng fan, but I DO BELIEVE THEY DID THE RIGHT THING BY PICKING UP RUSSEL.

  • POSTED BY Emancipator007 on | May 26, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Folks, stop these over-the-top reactions. You folks are acting as if Morkel would have given a guaranteed devastating matchwinnng performance in this match. Even Dale Steyn, a vastly better bowler than Morkel (who has barely set the shorter formats in international cricket on fire) could not guarantee wins for Chargers. Max what, score would have been 180 or so with Morkel or Agarkar playing. Look at who by fluke succeeded in this match- Vijay who was hopelessly out for form. Shows what a topsy-turvy, unpredictable format this is and also absolute UNPREDICATBLE batting form/performances of stars or average players. Did not CSK drop Faf?And the same captain Sehwag ensured dominant performances by DD thru the league. Fact is DD's famed 4 bats failed to click in 2 playoff matches-their bowlers including Morkel have hardly won them matches consistently in the league. Only blunder was Nadeem/Agarkar not playing with Morkel benched.

  • POSTED BY muski on | May 26, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    Yeah Sehwag- Captaincy is not something where you take decisions in a jiffy like the irresponsible strokes which you make time and and time again. The guy who took the decision to bench Mornie, should be pulled up by the DD owners.I think that Jumping Jack has had the last laugh on who is the best captain in India at the moment. The contenders will only remain pretenders to the throne. As in the world cup final, when he had to take the bull by its horn, he came in and delivered. Same repeat performance against the Mumbai boys at Bangalore couple of days ago in a do or die situation. I have not seen luck sticking with somebody for so long if he not worth the luck. Obviously means the guy has it in him to deliver killer blows. For those still thinking Gauti is the heir apparent, Sunday's game will show who is the master and who is the understudy.

  • POSTED BY secondopinion on | May 26, 2012, 3:10 GMT

    Well done CSK, ground DD to the dusts. DD began to lose steam as soon as KP left, Warner had just one big inning. And Viru the captain, atrocious for a player after almost 100 tests, 245 ODI and over a 100 T20, he does this (1) Drops Morkel, his best bowler; (2) picks Sunny "Who" over Nadeem; even Irfan playing purely as a bowler would have done better; (3) electing to field with a weak bowling attack: (4) not learning from KKR match, keeping Varun Aaron who takes max 1 wicket per match at a breath-taking average run-rate of almost 9; (5) Not taking van der Merwe on a spinning track (6) persisting with Taylor, Venugopal Rao... The best 4 overseas player option for DD would have been Morkel, van der Merwe, Jayawardane and Warner. Indian players - Sehwag, Naman Ojha, Irfan Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Negi / Nadeem and Nagar. 3 pacers, 2 spinners and an odd over from Sehwag. DD's big problem is absence of good all-rounders, except for Pathan, and CSK is so much a better balanced side.

  • POSTED BY raj60 on | May 26, 2012, 3:08 GMT

    Viru's decision to leave out Mornie gifted the match to CSK. Nothing more to be said.

  • POSTED BY AnotherCricketFan on | May 26, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    I dont understand why they bash Sehwag. He was restricted by the rules 4 foreigners. He picked the batsmen and Russell was LOGICAL. Picking Gupta is a gamble (also he is a local from TN) and give him the first over. Sehwag was expecting some turn on these slow pitches. But his other star bowlers went for runs. Varun's 140+ deliveries stood up to be hit. When someone bowls their heart out @ 140+ - it was Vijay's day. Hindsight is 20/20. Had Gupta bamboozled Sehwag's brilliance would have been praised as if he engineered it. It is a simple gamble and he lost. Both the captains read the pitch wrong. They expected to play even not slower as the match progressed. Dhoni did not use his high priced Jadeja at all - that shows how the quicks were able to contain.

    So dont cuss Sehwag. He made a logical decision. It was just not his day!

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | May 26, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    DD payed the price for giving Sehwag the captaincy. With a clever captain like Mahela in the team, why on earth they let Sehwag to lead the team? At least for the next season, Mahela should captain DD.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 26, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Very sorry for DD. Very disappointed in Sehwag. How many batsmen would you need to bat 20 overs? Answer that question Sehwag!

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 2:18 GMT

    DD gifted away the match to CSK by their Poor team selection

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 2:12 GMT

    Well very Lucky Dhoni, his Opposition team Captain drops the best bowler of the tournament in Semi-Final match ... :P.. what logic Viru ? Its Only Dhoni who remains calm and takes best decisions in important matches !!!

  • POSTED BY hulk777 on | May 26, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    I don't know if is a dumb decision. But looking into Morkel's performance against chennai last time ( M Morkel 4 0 31 0 7.75 ) and against KKR last match (M Morkel 4 0 37 0 9.25) it is only one of the questions of What if after a defeat, if things worked well, it would have been called as brilliant ploy

  • POSTED BY HaveliRaja on | May 26, 2012, 0:55 GMT

    In my opinion after winning the toss he(Shewag) should have choose to bat first in aplacid chennai track and put up a huge score and put Chennai under pressure, I don't see any reason for bowl first and also they can't leave behind tournament's best bowler Morne for important crunch game. As some one pointed luckily Shewag is not captain of national side, god knows how he would have picked his team. Shewag must confine to his strength that is to bat, and refrain from captaining the side.

  • POSTED BY rohanbala on | May 26, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Sehwag would have nightmares for many days to come after this defeat. Some captains never learn from experience. The list is becoming increasingly long. Clive Lloyd, Nasser Hussain to name a few are the ones who will still regret their decision to bowl first after winning the toss.

  • POSTED BY BhanuShankar on | May 26, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    I don't blame Sehwag for his decision of dropping Morkel. If Delhi would have won the match, then comments would be praising Sehwag of making the right decision to drop Morkel. T20 is a game in which anything can happen. It's just a gamble. Look at the Chennai total score, half of it was Vijay's. Had he flopped in this match as well, the target would have been 40 less. Delhi would have chased it then.

  • POSTED BY on | May 26, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    VenuGopal the under estimated Boy.. DC used him as a regular 5th bowler.. wer DD playing him as a specialist batsman.. no Sehwag.. Morne cud hv been in ur side with U Chand giving u an extra 6th batsman wit VRao as ur 5th bowler.. he is a bowler... he has taken a few wickets in past..

  • POSTED BY TheGuruji on | May 26, 2012, 0:16 GMT

    I think people are overplaying the Morkel card. Morkel played in the 1st playoff match against KKR and in the league game against Chennai. DD ended up losing both. Without doubt, leaving out Morkel was stupid, but a little bit of perspective please!

  • POSTED BY Kays789 on | May 25, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    if anything, the IPL has shown just how nonsensical and idiotic the thinking, planning and strategizing are of these IPL teams. surely a reflection of the national team's thinking as well.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    if the decision was Sehwag's, thank GOD he was not captaining India.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    This loss just goes to show how weak of a leader and sportsman Sehwag is in reality. He might be a very good batsmen, but that does not necessarily mean he would be a great leader as is the impression from his over-arrogant demeanor. HOW in the world could he sit out Morne Morkel? The captain has a BIG say in team selections on days like this! Who is AVERAGE now Sehwag?

    On the other hand. CSK and Dhoni - What a Gun!!!!!

  • POSTED BY cricfan65 on | May 25, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    Utter madness !! Why would you sit out the best darned bowler in the IPL ? Why would you bring in an unknown and have him bowl the 1st over of the most important game of the season. Sehwag has just written himself out of contention for Indian captain in any format. And with his batting in serious decline outside the subcontinent, I feel his days in the Indian team are numbered.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | May 25, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    shehwag is dumb, in my opinion gambhir is also bad captain. another worst captains are yuvraj, tendulkar and harbhajhan. in my opinion best captaincy materials are: dhoni (always), then kohli, then raina.ganguly used to be good but now he is old and stubborn--who doesnt play players like tamim in main XI

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 25, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    One sentence. Sehwag == madness.

  • POSTED BY the_blue_android on | May 25, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    I am amazed that Sehwag still has fans and they even expect some things from him. Guys, he's the genius who benched the greatest bowler of all time, Glenn McGrath for an entire season just to stroke his ego. Sehwag in the Indian team is a slap on the face of true test cricket lovers. This guy has not scored in a single away series for about 4 years now. NZ Fail, SA Mega flop, England Scared out, Australia - FLOP....all he can do is make huge scores on docile indian pitches.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | May 25, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    I know how DD fans will be feeling right now.. No MORKEL or NADEEM? Why? Just because Irfan was injured. Ok this should have been the team due to Irfan's injury- Warner, Sehwag, Jayawardena, Taylor, Rao, Ojha, Negi, Nadeem, Morkel, Yadav, Aaron. You don't need 7 batsmen to beat a team if your bowlers restrict them to a small score. Moreover you don't need a 7th batsman if you have a Top 4 like this one.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | May 25, 2012, 22:31 GMT

    BTW well played CSk,superb leadership and a fantastic fielding effort from the entire team coupled with a great innings from Vijay..going to be a cracking final but I am tipping CSK due to their confidence, fielding and ability to handle big game situations...

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | May 25, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    sehwag's inability as a captain is the sole reason that DD are out..hopefully they will see sense and replace him with Mahela for next year- that is not a biased comment from me becuase I am Sl, it is becuase he is the best man to captain the team...i cant believe what planet the decision to leave Morkel out was made on??? Having said that, well played by C

  • POSTED BY shahbazhussain on | May 25, 2012, 21:58 GMT

    Guys believe me or not, the script clearly tells CSK is gonna make it 3rd time in a row! They are looking dangerous than ever before! The boys they have were showing true sporting material and was sounding like it was an international semi-final between to big giant teams! Wish you best luck CSK! I dont think KKR will be able to oppose CSK because they have spin attack and CSK is superb in throwing spinners over the fans all the time! I am thinking about another 200+ chase if they again bat first.

  • POSTED BY Nick800 on | May 25, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    I can't believe the stupidity of the Delhi Daredevils decision making process whether Sehwag is making the team decisions or the head coach all involved should be ashamed. firstly by dropping Taylor down the order in the previous match so there was literally no time for him to hit boundaries from the get go showed a shocking lack of tactical awareness. Basically your oversees batsman was being protected from batting! Now this Morkel being dropped when he is clearly your best bowler and arguably the best bowler in this years IPL. Delhi's bowling unit has been poor apart from Morkel and they knew that! They took a terrible risk that was always unlikely to come off therefore Delhi due to there own stupidity deserve to lose. Change the management for next season please Delhi!

  • POSTED BY MWaqqar on | May 25, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    DD put in millions of dollars in their team this season all undone by one wrong move. Presence of Morne not only meant four good overs it impoved the effectiveness of inexperienced Yadav and Aaron, without Morne the two were ineffective, plus the four overs of Gupta. No wonder DD went for 222 runs. In a 20 overs inning arent Sehwag, Jaya, Taylor, Warner enough. I wonger who is responsible for this madness,

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | May 25, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Sehwag is not a good captain. This explains everything you need to know about sehwag methodology.

  • POSTED BY mautan on | May 25, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Amazing decision..no words can describe that. As maligned as Agarkar is, even I would concede that you can't compare the all round abilities of Agarkar with Sunny Gupta. Nadeem was missing too..guys like TA Shekhar always seem to know more than regular fans..but this time it is sure one of the dumbest things that I have seen in terms of team selection..Morkel should have been the first on the list for DD...I still can't believe how DD just gifted the game to CSK. Drop your best player, give a debut to a unknown offspinner, make him open the bowling, give him 3 overs, change your battng order again etc even in the last game they just played against themselves with Negi, Rao coming before Taylor..he came so late that the game was over by then..but todays call beats everything!

  • POSTED BY crikman on | May 25, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    1.Left morkel 2.Left nadim 3.choose pace attack at chennai. 4. trying russel at end of the tournament 5.top team of the league but afraid of bottom team 6.not confident of your strength Is it stupidity? is it csk luck? No it is the fear . learn from CSK how to play big matches. I am CSK fan. But wanted a real fight. Really wanted DD Vs KKR in finals. But DD doesnt deserve the finals as MM.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | May 25, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    At the start of the match I told my friend "here is a shocker they have dropped Morkel" and he thought it was Albie and was dissapointed and wondered whether they included Kula or Randiv (extra spin option) in his place. When I told him it was Morne he was absolutely flabbergasted. Morne's wicket taking ability was sorely missed by DD. Has to rank up there as one of the worst strategic decisions ever.

  • POSTED BY Hayat22 on | May 25, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    If there would ever be constituted the dumbest, brainless XI, where its not performance but dumbness or brain freeze at moments of truth are the criteria, then the names I could provide would be: Sehwag, Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Ashish Nehra. these names come effortlessly, while others may require some assistance also. but what is certian is that Sehwag and Afridi could both double as explosive openers and either one can be captians also. Though there is no doubt that such an outfit would either be explosive or usually implosive. Gentlemen, you are free to contribute further to complete the XI. Kindly note the wicketkeeper and 1 pace bowler slot is already taken.

  • POSTED BY Dude.Cricket on | May 25, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    OMG, OMG. OMG.... worst strategic error ever I've witnessed at any level of cricket. Even a kid playing in the streets of Chennai would have made better decisions for DD. Worst they could have done is to include Ajit Agarkar and Morkel in? Did they think that Sunny Gupta will run through CSK in his home ground? I am sure even the hard core TN Ranji follower will not have known who Sunny Gupta is until he showed up in the playing XI for DD. Morkel must be feeling very bad in that dressing room.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    atleast...this IPL has exposed even further Shewag's dumbness....but he is an xcellent batsmen and should stop doing captaincy anymore if DD need to win in future....after MSD , I like GG's aggresiveness.....he may be the future prospect....provided he stays fit and in form...so again....two deserved teams makes the finals.....what a contest it should be....bring on CSK...c'mon chepauk

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Totally agree with VickGower. Its an opportunity missed again for DD. On a slow track in Pune, they didn't play the extra spinner and today was the biggest blunder of all. How can you think of resting a bowler who is your leading wicket taker and that too in a knock out game. It will take a while for me to get over this. What was all the DD think tank doing?? DD are now Disappointing Delhi...again!!

  • POSTED BY ahweak on | May 25, 2012, 20:23 GMT

    That's just the way Sehwag leads.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Not the first time Sehwag has acted dumb as a captain. He has had history of taking such dumb decisions. His handling of McGrath in IPL 1, thoughtless batting and gifting his wicket away when he just needed to block against Punjab in a rain hit match to win by D/L in IPL 2, backing Warner and refusing to drop him in IPL 3... the list goes on. Playing Sunny Gupta for the first time in a knock out match is one thing, giving the poor chap the first over of the match was like throwing lamb to the slaughter. However much I dislike Dhoni, I've always been glad that Sehwag is not the Indian captain. And by the way are selectors watching Gambhir who they dumped as vice captain in favour of Kohli?

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    The match fits the saying "from madness to mayhem" aptly. Viru choices defies all logic, I am so disappointed by him.

    Leaving Morkel, wrong choice of spinner, persistence to include Aaron and Umesh Yadav in spite of the fact that both tends to leak so many runs in the last 5 overs, were the highlights of the match. On top of all this fielding was below standards

    Why can't Viru stay on the pitch like Gayle did? Why he is always has to hit every ball, it's a stupid reasoning that I play like that only, he must realize that importance of winning the games in more important that display his batting.

    It's a real shame for whatever happened on the pitch. DD dig their own grave and fall into that too !!

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    bench morkel,you got for 200runs,dont bench morkel,you get a big chance,DD will learn from this for the CLT20

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Yes, this was a meek surrender in the end. A game that was promising to be a cracker of a contest ended up being hopelessly one-sided, thanks to the DD team management's/selection team's shortsightedness. I am not complaining though. It was a 'no-brainer' to keep Morkel in the playing XI at any cost, but DD literally showed no brains with their selection. I can't imagine how they must be feeling and kicking themselves for squandering yet another opportunity to lift the title.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    It was a ridiculous decision from Veru. Benching a top performer of the season & trying to strengthen the batting unit which had already got the depth was just freaky.. Still wondering how they did this???

  • POSTED BY yezdi70 on | May 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Got to agree with VickGower...clearly Sehwag is not captaincy material...he doesnt have the tactical nous. Two blunders in two key games saw his team literally dumped out of the tournament. Even if I was to agree at gunpoint that Morkel had to sit out, there can be no logic in getting an uncooked player (Gupta) into the critical match and then give him the first over. Sorry Sehwag, but you really need to hand over the reins to someone else more capable.

  • POSTED BY AnkTheHunk on | May 25, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    I just cannot agree more with you Vick. At this moment it is reminiscent of what Steve Waugh said to Gibbs, but in this aspect Dhoni had the chance to say it twice 1) when he benched Morkel & 2) When he choose to field after winning the toss an a flat as a pancake of a wicket. Sehwag has lost all credibility as a captain & his nomination race for captain of India especially against Dhoni! Gambhir beware of your future comments, he's coming for you next.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    sehwags comments about smahing narine showed a log of ego...perhaps he will learn to be more humble going forward

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Saying it was a strange move is a understatement. What really let the DD down over the finals was the lack of runs from Sewag, Warner and Taylor if one of those batted 12-15 overs in either of those games then they would be in the finals.

  • POSTED BY Kewl_Mischief on | May 25, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Madness at its peaks. Whatever happened to Viru's "You should always play your best XI". Taking to the cleaners even by a batsman like M.Vijay is like the new low for any bowler.

  • POSTED BY VickGower on | May 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Pretty simple. I have not seen a more bone headed move by any captain ever. Long time back Boycott called Sehwag extremely talented but extremely dumb. I bristled at those comments then. Today, I hang my head in shame, and beg Boycott's forgiveness. He was dead right. If there is such a list as dumbest moves ever by any captain in any sport, Sehwag's team composition today would rank in TOP 5 at least. What a shame. A great team, a great season undone by lunacy.

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  • POSTED BY VickGower on | May 25, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Pretty simple. I have not seen a more bone headed move by any captain ever. Long time back Boycott called Sehwag extremely talented but extremely dumb. I bristled at those comments then. Today, I hang my head in shame, and beg Boycott's forgiveness. He was dead right. If there is such a list as dumbest moves ever by any captain in any sport, Sehwag's team composition today would rank in TOP 5 at least. What a shame. A great team, a great season undone by lunacy.

  • POSTED BY Kewl_Mischief on | May 25, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    Madness at its peaks. Whatever happened to Viru's "You should always play your best XI". Taking to the cleaners even by a batsman like M.Vijay is like the new low for any bowler.

  • POSTED BY StevieS on | May 25, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    Saying it was a strange move is a understatement. What really let the DD down over the finals was the lack of runs from Sewag, Warner and Taylor if one of those batted 12-15 overs in either of those games then they would be in the finals.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    sehwags comments about smahing narine showed a log of ego...perhaps he will learn to be more humble going forward

  • POSTED BY AnkTheHunk on | May 25, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    I just cannot agree more with you Vick. At this moment it is reminiscent of what Steve Waugh said to Gibbs, but in this aspect Dhoni had the chance to say it twice 1) when he benched Morkel & 2) When he choose to field after winning the toss an a flat as a pancake of a wicket. Sehwag has lost all credibility as a captain & his nomination race for captain of India especially against Dhoni! Gambhir beware of your future comments, he's coming for you next.

  • POSTED BY yezdi70 on | May 25, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Got to agree with VickGower...clearly Sehwag is not captaincy material...he doesnt have the tactical nous. Two blunders in two key games saw his team literally dumped out of the tournament. Even if I was to agree at gunpoint that Morkel had to sit out, there can be no logic in getting an uncooked player (Gupta) into the critical match and then give him the first over. Sorry Sehwag, but you really need to hand over the reins to someone else more capable.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:11 GMT

    It was a ridiculous decision from Veru. Benching a top performer of the season & trying to strengthen the batting unit which had already got the depth was just freaky.. Still wondering how they did this???

  • POSTED BY InnocentGuy on | May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Yes, this was a meek surrender in the end. A game that was promising to be a cracker of a contest ended up being hopelessly one-sided, thanks to the DD team management's/selection team's shortsightedness. I am not complaining though. It was a 'no-brainer' to keep Morkel in the playing XI at any cost, but DD literally showed no brains with their selection. I can't imagine how they must be feeling and kicking themselves for squandering yet another opportunity to lift the title.

  • POSTED BY on | May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    bench morkel,you got for 200runs,dont bench morkel,you get a big chance,DD will learn from this for the CLT20

  • POSTED BY Blackholesun on | May 25, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    The match fits the saying "from madness to mayhem" aptly. Viru choices defies all logic, I am so disappointed by him.

    Leaving Morkel, wrong choice of spinner, persistence to include Aaron and Umesh Yadav in spite of the fact that both tends to leak so many runs in the last 5 overs, were the highlights of the match. On top of all this fielding was below standards

    Why can't Viru stay on the pitch like Gayle did? Why he is always has to hit every ball, it's a stupid reasoning that I play like that only, he must realize that importance of winning the games in more important that display his batting.

    It's a real shame for whatever happened on the pitch. DD dig their own grave and fall into that too !!