IPL Delhi Daredevils can’t be written off, says Ravi Shastri in response to Ganguly’s criticisms

Ravi Shastri has hit back at comments made by Sourav Ganguly that Delhi Daredevils lacked team balance in the IPL.Ganguly made the comments on Tuesday when he suggested that the Daredevils were one of the weaker teams in the 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL).

But former Team India Director Ravi Shastri has responded by saying that no team can be written off in the T20 format.

“You can’t write anybody off in the IPL because once you get on a winning run, you win a game and then three-four on the trot,” Shastri said. “I am not saying only for the Daredevils but it could be any team.”

Ganguly had cited the late withdrawal with a fractured finger of South African’s wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock. JP Duminy withdrew for personal reasons and then the Delhi franchise lost batsman Shreyas Iyer for at least a week with a bout of chickenpox. Also Sri Lankan all-rounder, Angelo Matthews, misses the first half of the tournament with calf and hamstring issues.

“There’s still time to see which team is better in this IPL,” Shastri added. “I believe this is a lottery. I feel they (Daredevils) always had a strong side and its just about keeping their cool towards the end stages of the tournament.

“They have always been there near the business end of the tournament and then lost the plot,” Shastri added. “I am sure coach Rahul (Dravid) and captain Zaheer (Khan) are two experienced hands and they will try to change things around. They have got the players, a very good bowling unit with variety. They have got a good batting unit as well.”

The Delhi Daredevils take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Bengaluru on Saturday.

James Buttler

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