Delhi Daredevils’ mentor Rahul Dravid defended the team management's decision to appoint Karun Nair as stand-in captain for the match against King XI Punjab on Sunday, when the Karnataka batsman himself is going through a wretched form in this edition of Indian Premier League.
Daredevils lost their sixth game of the tournament and the batting was a disaster getting all-out for 67. Nair himself is having a nightmare of an IPL scoring just 89 in 8 matches so far.
Asked how Nair was appointed in place of injured Zaheer Khan, the former India captain said that his form had nothing to do with his captaincy.
Rahul DravidWe decided pretty early on in the tournament that if Zaheer Khan gets injured, Karun would be the person, who will take over the captaincy. Obviously, last year’s vice-captain JP (Duminy) and Quinton de Kock wasn’t here as well.
He defended appointment of an out-of-form player.
Rahul DravidLook, it happens when you are out-of-form, whether you are a captain or you are a vice captain, that’s not a reflection on his captaincy. He has led junior teams and led quite well. There is nothing much he can do if there are not good enough runs on the board. Obviously, he and we would like him to score a few more runs.
He had no option but to admit that Daredevils have gone off-track.
Rahul DravidIt is very disappointing, just to think there is not much to say when you get out for 67 and they chase it without loss. Nothing much to say except the fact that we were pretty disappointing today in our execution and our batting just was not up to mark.
“We can only go up from here. Look, we are better than what we showed against Punjab. We lost some close games which were relatively close. But the last couple of times, I think, we did not play well. Even in Kolkata, I thought first 15 overs of our batting was good and then we lost in the last five overs,” added Dravid.
Rahul DravidAnd then, of course, we were really very poor and we didn’t bat intelligently on that kind of wicket. We didn’t assess the conditions well enough and didn’t give ourselves a chance.
Dravid said that the aim will be not to think too far ahead like winning six matches on the trot.
Rahul DravidWe should not try and think too far ahead, just focus on our next game and put up much better performance. I think our fans and our franchise deserves better than what we did.
Asked is maintaining consistency in T20 difficult, Dravid, said:
Rahul DravidYeah, I think once you are in good form and you get on a bit of a roll, in this T20 competition, especially with games coming so quickly and back-to-back. Hopefully, we can go to Delhi and turn it around. There is not a lot of time to practice between these games, we literally travel, play the next day, so there is not lot of time to practice and sort of get your groove back.
(With inputs from PTI)
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