India, April 20 -- Just as winning is a wonderful habit to inculcate, losing is debilitating. That's something I am sure the Delhi Daredevils will agree with. Despite possessing a strong side, the Daredevils have found it difficult to progress. A seemingly champion side all these years, they are fighting a battle more in the mind than on the field.
When you find yourself in the position in which Delhi are, it's easy to be gnawed at by massive doubts. And by that, I mean self-doubt as well as collective doubt, with players perhaps sub-consciously questioning themselves as well as each other.
In a team sport, while it is essential to have faith and belief in your skills, it is equally important to believe in the people around you. It is possible, after a string of disappointing losses that the belief might begin to wear slightly thin. This happens to the best of teams and greatest of players.
Not for a moment do I doubt the ability or the skill-set of the Delhi team. Instead, at this point, it is worth focusing on their mindset, because when you have had a run as crushing as Delhi, the mind can start playing tricks and it is easy to be engulfed by a sinking feeling.
Particularly feeling the pinch will be Mahela Jayawardene, the captain. He is a successful international captain and a wonderful batsman.
All is not lost for Delhi yet, but they must find the wherewithal to turn up and compete. There is no magic potion; positive thinking and determination alone will do the trick.
The writer is a former India pacer
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.