Has anyone noticed? The Deccan Chargers side led by Australian Adam Gilchrist are sitting at the bottom of the IPL 2010 points table, only above the dismal Punjab Kings Eleven.
Here is a team who were placed at the third position in the points table after Match-20 was played. After four matches Gilchrist’s men had won three and lost only one game.
Satish Viswanathan from the Times of India explains,
They have lost from winning positions, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory on more than one occasion, made unnecessary changes to their line-up, as in dropping the highly successful Chaminda Vaas, who doesn’t just have 8 wickets to show from five games but also an economy rate of 6.66 (the devil at play?).
Incidentally, the Sri Lankan left-arm seamers replacement, West Indian Kemer Roach has gone for 10 an over, while the man who later displaced Roach, Aussie Ryan Harris has been taken for 9.25.
Captains though have their reasons and a lot of them don’t like to be questioned but then they will have to answer someone or the other, won’t they? As far as RCB are concerned, they would rather have Adam Gilchrist continue to sideline Vaas.
For, it is only when they have to got off to good starts – in terms of quick runs and not losing wickets – have RCB ruled, be it home or away. Vaas, until he was in the side, invariably picked up early wickets.
So what does Gilchrist do for today’s key game? He brings in yet another Australian, Mitchell Marsh, to the side. On a wicket that is suited to assist RCB’s fast bowlers, Gilchrist decides to leave out Chaminda Vaas. Don’t forget his excuse earlier for leaving Vaas out was an non-conducive wicket to swing bowling. Makes you wonder doesn’t it? Is he clueless or very biased?
Can you afford to give Mitchell Marsh a chance to debut in such a crucial match? If Deccan lose this, they have no chance of making it to the semi-final.
See these stats. Even after playing just 5 games, Chaminda Vaas is still Deccan Charger’s most successful bowler (stats from today, April 08, 2010).
Is that not appalling? Leaving out your most successful bowler to continue playing your countrymen, despite repeated losses?