Delhi and Bangalore Royal are beset with problems ahead of their clash on Sunday. For the Daredevils, it’s a problem of plenty, while the Challengers have plenty of problems.
The Daredevils won’t know who to drop in order to bring in Glenn McGrath, and the Challengers, will struggle to pick someone to get themselves out of the rut they are in after losing three games on the trot.
The Daredevils are cruising along with two victories, and look very energetic at the moment. They have had a few days off following their win over Chennai Super Kings and will be thoroughly refreshed for the encounter.
A break might have done Bangalore some good at this juncture, but they are scheduled to play their maximum matches in the first two weeks. The idea fit in as many games as possible at the start might have something to do with Pietersen’s limited availability. They obviously want him to play as many games as possible, but it has completely boomeranged.
Banglaore fans certainly want changes and have said so on their website. Most of them want Robin Uthappa dropped and have Mark Boucher included. At the very least they want Uthappa to go down the order to let Virat Kohli open the innings. A sound suggestion, but will it find favour with the team management? Uthappa has been a disappointment and not just in terms of performance but otherwise as well. He cost Challengers Zaheer Khan, has kept the far more valuable Mark Boucher out, and has aggressive and in-form Virat too low down the order.
And the fact that Rahul Dravid has left to be back with his wife, who is expecting their second child, will surely send the team management into labour pains, for he has been their best batsman on view. So, the odds are heavily stacked against the Challengers, and they will need something special to turn things around.
The Daredevils, on the other hand, will just go ahead with their captains’ ‘see the ball, hit the ball’ approach. They are motoring along, and that’s when Jai and Viru, err Gambhir and Viru, are yet to come to the party.