‘Strictness and Lack of…..’ Gavaskar Slammed Pointing Coaching For Abysmal Performance Of Delhi Capitals

After three successful seasons, the Delhi Capitals (DC) found themselves languishing in the bottom two of the IPL points table in the 2023 season. With a record four wooden spoons to their name, DC narrowly avoided finishing last once again, thanks to Sunrisers Hyderabad’s equally disappointing performance.

Despite the guidance of renowned coach Ricky Ponting and director Sourav Ganguly, both revered captains in international cricket, DC struggled to find their rhythm. Rishabh Pant’s absence, a struggling batting lineup, and the unfortunate habit of losing matches from winning positions proved detrimental to their campaign. As the IPL 2023 concludes, it is a time for introspection for all six teams that failed to qualify for the playoffs, including the Capitals.

Renowned cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar believes that one of the reasons for DC’s underwhelming performance can be attributed to their coach, Ricky Ponting. Gavaskar acknowledges Ponting’s illustrious career as an international cricketer and captain but suggests that his coaching inadvertently did more harm than good.

According to Gavaskar, “The aura surrounding players of Ponting’s caliber can intimidate domestic newcomers, preventing them from seeking advice and guidance. This lack of approachability may have hindered the development of talented players such as Sarfaraz Khan, Yash Dhull, and Priyam Garg”. Furthermore, Gavaskar points out the curious case of Prithvi Shaw, whose inconsistency and struggles remained unresolved throughout the season.

Gavaskar added, “DC’s season started on a shaky note, with a series of defeats in their first five games. By the time their captain David Warner found his form, DC was already playing catch-up, and their chances of recovery diminished”.

Gavaskar highlights the loopholes in DC’s facile approach, emphasizing that what might have seemed like easy-to-rectify problems during the players’ own careers are not effectively communicated to the young Indian players, particularly those from rural backgrounds with limited English proficiency.

Gavaskar believes that this language barrier might have contributed to the stagnation of talented youngsters like Yash Dhull, Priyam Garg, and Sarfaraz Khan, who failed to make significant progress. Additionally, Gavaskar questions the reluctance to promote the in-form Axar Patel up the batting order, prompting Ravi Shastri to question whether there was a contractual obligation preventing Patel from batting higher than number seven.

Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2023 campaign turned out to be a season of missed opportunities and unfulfilled potential. Despite the guidance of experienced figures like Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly, DC failed to crack the code and secure a place in the playoffs. The absence of Rishabh Pant, a struggling batting lineup, and the inability to convert winning positions into victories plagued their campaign.

As the season concludes, it becomes crucial for DC and the other teams that fell short to conduct honest and thorough assessments to identify the shortcomings and make necessary changes before the next auction. DC’s disappointing performance serves as a reminder that reputation alone cannot guarantee success, and a comprehensive and inclusive approach is essential to nurturing young talent and maximizing team performance in the dynamic world of IPL cricket.

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