The story of Steve Waugh telling Herschelle Gibbs what he did during the 1999 World Cup may not have been repeated at Eden on Friday but when Delhi Daredevils let go off Robin Uthappa, they may well have dropped their chance of staying beyond the league phase. (KKR vs DD: T20 MATCH BLOG)
Sanju Samson, whose light and shade innings of 60; light when the fast bowlers were operating and shade when the spinners came on, and Amit Mishra came to get Uthappa’s skier but let the ball drop between them. It was a comedy of errors only Delhi Daredevils wouldn’t be expected to see its funny side. (KKR vs DD: T20 MATCH SCORECARD)
Speaking after the match, Samson said: “We know catches win matches. It’s a busy crowd out here. It’s not easy to communicate while the ball goes up. It happens in matches but we need to move on as we have a match day after.”
Skipper Zaheer Khan exhorted his boys to put it behind them but the way Delhi Daredevils let things drift showed the impact that miss had on the team.
As did Samson’s inability to change gears during the middle overs. “I’m still learning. I’m 22 year old. I need to finish games and need to play 20 overs. Hope I will learn someday soon,” he said.
After seven games, Delhi Daredevils have only two wins but Samson said as sportspersons they know what it takes to bounce back from failures. “We need to have the faith and belief. We need to go with a positive mindset. It’s difficult but that’s the beauty of the game.”
“We can’t get a better management than this. Despite getting such an opportunity we are not able to win. It’s a strange feeling that we are not able to make it count. But we cannot move forward with such a mindset. It’s about learning in every match.”