Strange as it may sound in the era of tablets and gizmos, the Delhi Daredevils (DD) participating in the Gen Next format of cricket, have sought divine intervention to set their home record straight. In 39 matches played at the Kotla, Daredevils have lost 24 and one game was abandoned.
Apparently, the DD management has acted on the advice of an astrologer that if the team occupies the visitors’ dressing room, it will bring them good luck. “We were having a tough time in the league. Our astrologer had advised us to take the left-side dressing room because the right one has a wrong ‘disha’ (direction). We have requested DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) to switch the dressing rooms,” a team official told HT.
“It is about how comfortable you feel. It is all about being in a zone,” said Sunil Walson, DD manager.
Whether the move will work will be known when DD take on the Rajasthan Royals in their first home match on Sunday.
The Daredevils aren’t the only team to place faith in astrology. Chennai Super Kings consult astrologer Venkatesan Karthikeyan. During the 2013 season, Karthikeyan had advised CSK to place photographs of deities on specific walls and asked the team management to wear blue T-shirts during matches.
The office bearers of the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, had performed puja and yagna in the stadium and on advice of an astrologer installed an idol of Ganesha at the entrance of the stadium in 2011 following poor record of home teams. Before that India had lost all their matches at Uppal and since 2008 the home IPL team Deccan Chargers had not won a single match there. India though broke the jinx against England soon after but the Chargers even tried out other home venues for a change of fortunes before they were sold off.