The captain of the Delhi Daredevils – Zaheer Khan revealed that his performance in the last over of the innings against the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will ‘haunt him a bit’.
“It was small margins. I felt 180 would have been ideal to chase, but the last over I bowled is going to haunt me a bit. Unfortunate to not finish on the winning side, but I’m happy with the way the team is shaping up.”
Sunrisers Hyderabad, before the final over, were 174 for 4 with Moises Henriques and Deepak Hooda in the middle. The former India pacer conceded 17 runs in the final over, including two fours and a six to give the 2016 winners the momentum they needed.
Zaheer also heaped praises on the visiting bowlers for the way they bowled in the game, especially Bhuvneshvar Kumar, who he felt has the ideal rhythm right now.
Daredevils fell short by 15 runs in their chase of the targer. Post the game, many questioned the management’s decision to not send Chris Morris higher up the order as he could turn the match around with his hitting prowess. But no answers have been given to that as yet.
The Daredevils next meet the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. After winning two straight matches against the Rising Pune Supergiant and the Kings XI Punjab, Delhi also lost two matches on a trot and will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday against the Rohit Sharma-led side.
Zaheer was a terrific bowler in his prime days, who was also a man for crisis. However, he hasn’t been able to retain that form to this age, which is very evident in his below par bowling in the IPL. Or maybe, it is due to the pressure of captaincy that he is underperforming.