New Delhi: Team Delhi will have to go back to the drawing board immediately. They're losing games in the first 10 overs of the innings and it doesn't matter if they are bowling first or second. In the game against Mumbai, Sachin Tendulkar demolished them. On Friday, they put up a healthy score but again succumbed to some fine Chennai batting. And they next take on Deccan Chargers, a team full of batting heavyweights.
Barring Dirk Nannes, all other Delhi bowlers are guilty of bowling short and wayward. No team can give away the number of extras Delhi are giving away and expect to win a game. They gave away 17 extras against Mumbai and 10 against Chennai. Another wrong spell on Sunday could mean the death knell for Delhi in this edition.
Delhi are surely missing the experience of Ashish Nehra and Daniel Vettori. Nehra is nursing a rib injury and does not want to rush back into the IPL and jeopardise his chances of playing in the Twenty20 World Cup to be played in West Indies starting April 30.
Vettori is currently playing the Test series against Australia and will not be free from national duty till the end of the month. The earliest he can feature in a game for Delhi is in the match against Bangalore at the Feroze Shah Kotla on April 4.
But if Delhi's bowlers continue to perform the way they are right now, his arrival will be a story of being too little, too late.