AFTER THE Delhi under-19 team failed to qualify for the knockout round of the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, the under-22 side gave a shock by losing to Jammu & Kashmir by 87 runs in the C.K. Nayudu Trophy. This was after Delhi had a lead of 100 runs.
The results are disturbing when seen in the light that the players have the services of as many as seven support staff members. Apart from a coach, Delhi have an assistant coach, bowling coach, wicket-keeping coach, a physio, manager and logistics manager.
In contrast, making do with just a coach, manager and physio, J&K, the least fancied side in North Zone, showed great skills to snatch victory as they bundled Delhi for 165 in the second innings.
Not only J&K, even none of the other North Zone teams can boast of such a diverse resource base.
So who is to blame? Everyone agrees Delhi have the talent, but it the inability to translate the ability into concrete results that is worrying.
Kartar Singh, coach of the under-22 team says, "They have to show their talent at the state level. There are few four-day games in Delhi, hence the players don't get enough experience to do well at this level."
Former Ranji player and assistant coach, Akash Malhotra, said, "No doubt, we have talented players but they have to perform to prove their potential."
The situation is not good at the under-19 level as well. Only two centuries were scored in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy (one-day games).
Sonnet Club coach, Tarak Sinha, said, "These players are going to play Ranji Trophy in future, this problem has to dealt soon."
Brief Scores: J&K 165 & 352 (Parvez Rasool 167*, R.D. Puniya 48; Kapil Yadav 3-62, Mannu Kapoor 2-68) beat Delhi 265 & 165 all out (Rahul Yadav 36, Shawez Khan 36; Asif Rasool 4-37, Manik Gupta 3-17).