Delhi Capitals became the second team to qualify for the playoffs after missing out for seven years with two matches to spare.
The defending champions, Chennai Super Kings were the first team to qualify for the play-off but now find themselves second on the log behind Delhi Capitals due to their inferior run-rate.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 28, 2019
For anyone who has followed the Indian Premier over the years, they would definitely agree that seeing the Delhi side at the top of the table is a rare sight. A brief summary of what I mean:
IPL Season Delhi Capitals (Daredevils) final position
My five contributing factors to the change in fortunes:
- The Rabada effect
Kagiso Rabada is the leading wicket-taker in the IPL so far. He has taken 25 wickets at an average of 14.7. Already more than Andrew Tye who the leading wicket-taker last year with 24 wickets at the end of the season.
- Pants catching
Rishabh Pant has been superb behind the stumps. At 20 dismissals so far in the season he now holds the record for the most dismissals in an IPL season. He has passed a record set by Kumar Sangakkara of 19 dismissals from 2011 for Deccan Chargers.
- Dhawan the opener
A trade of Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers has proven to be a success with the opening batsman occupying the third position in the leading run scorers. Dhawan is second to David Warner when considering opening batmans.
- Cool Iyer
Although Shreyas Iyer is only 24, he has managed to take the role well. His fields are set to the bowling lines and lengths, he bowls the right bowlers to the opponent’s weakness.
- Learning from their mistakes
In previous seasons, Delhi found themselves in prolonged losing streaks(their record is nine losses in a row). They seem to be learning after every match and rectify their problems. A batting collapse trait which saw them lose seven wickets for eight runs in 17 balls against the Kings XI has since vanished.