As we are halfway through the IPL, the spots for the semis are up for grabs.
Even before the tournament started, Delhi Daredevils looked one of the favourites, only because of their strong batting order and a balanced bowling attack. Now, with Nannes in good form, Sangwan and Nehra putting up good shows consistently, not to forget the wily Vettori, their bowling looks more than good.
However, the problem for them is their lower order. They don't seem to have a big striker in the lower half. That was the only reason they lost their last encounter versus CSK.
If we take a look of the last six batsmen in the last match, I am sure it looks very very weak. With M Manhas,R Bhatia,P Sangwan,A Mishra, A Nehra and D Nannes, you can't expect them to put up a good show with the bat, forget about striking big.
Although Manhas is a decent all-rounder in the domestic circuit, you can't put your money on him. With Vettori returning back in the next match, Rajat Bhatia would be out, but still the last six looks vulnerable and definitely not a combination to go with into the semis.
And it's high time they sort this out, but unfortunately they don't seem to have the right domestic resources, so they might have to look up to Farveez Maharoof. In whose place can he come in?
That's the million dollar question with just four foreigners allowed. But Delhi needs to try something different at this stage of the tournament otherwise it might be too late.
I would vote for Maharoof in place of Nannes, for a change and check how Maharoof bowls in the South African pitches. Although a very tough call to leave out Nannes, but the right time for experimentation is now, not later.
Until next time,