The 2018 IPL has not started on a positive note for the Delhi Daredevils as they have lost their opening two games. The team led by Gautam Gambhir and coached by Ricky Ponting has failed to click as a unit in the initial stages of the IPL.
While Kings XI Punjab comfortably chased a target of 167 in their opening encounter against Delhi, the Daredevils failed to chase a target of 71 in 6 overs against Rajasthan Royals in a rain-curtailed game in Jaipur.
Here is a look at what changes the team management might consider for the remaining matches:
#3. Need of aggressive openers:
The success of any team in a T20 match depends on the start given by the openers in the power play overs. Colin Munro has failed to get a start this IPL and scored 4 in the first game against Kings XI and failed to open his account against Rajasthan Royals.
The management may consider opening with Rishabh Pant who has had a good start this season and scored 28 runs at a strike rate of 215.38 batting in the middle order against the Kings and while batting against the Rajasthan Royals, he scored 20 runs at a strike rate of 142.86. The team management may consider Pant to open the batting with Glenn Maxwell to get them off to a flying start.
Another option for the Daredevils is the inclusion of Jason Roy as an opener. Roy opens regularly for England and has a strike rate of 133.85 in 27 T 20 internationals. Roy has the experience of playing international cricket for around 4 years and is an aggressive batsman at the top of the order who can solve the opening batting woes for Delhi Daredevils.