Is Zaheer Khan working on some special delivery at the age of 36 to rock Kings XI Punjab? Or is Delhi’s Yuvraj Singh, also at the fag end of his career, polishing some variant of Dilscoop, to slay the opposition?
It is common practice at football World Cups for national teams to train behind closed doors to keep tactical moves being worked for specific opponents under the wraps.
The media then, is not allowed to witness it lest they make it public.
That seemed to be the case with Delhi Daredevils too on Thursday as the print media was not allowed entry into the practice arena at the Ferozeshah Kotla ahead of the Daredevils' match against the KXIP on Friday.
The DD officials resorted to similar tactics with the media before the previous match, where they were thrashed by RCB after being skittled out for 95.
On Thursday, the ‘cover-up’ was enforced more strictly.
Now, Zak, arguably Indian cricket’s most skilful bowler ever, and Yuvi, its cleanest and most beautiful hitter, don’t have age on their side.
There are some others in the team who are in their 30s, although some in that category like JP Duminy, Imran Tahir and Amit Mishra have been outstanding.
David Miller of Kings XI Punjab bats during the IPL match against Delhi Daredevils in Pune. (PTI Photo)
But for many, including India’s two fading superstars, it’s a fight against creaking and cracking bodies.
The other day, Zaheer zipped up the tent as he went in for a fitness check, when he became aware that the media was watching him because his poor fitness had not allowed him to play a game.With Daredevils having won just three games out of seven to lie sixth out of eight teams in the points table, these fat cats seem to be running for cover. In sport, whether it’s the skilful roll of the wrist that made these two so potent or the abundance of rolls around the middle, things seldom stay hidden.