Yash Dhull has been stripped of captaincy after Delhi surrendered at the hands of Puducherry in the ongoing Ranji Trophy tournament. Under his captaincy, Delhi literally looked clueless across all aspects in their opening game.
On the other hand, Puducherry, a team that was inducted into first-class cricket, only five years ago, were able to inflict a painful defeat on the Delhi cricket team. Delhi started the game as the favourites at home but little did they know that Puducherry would produce a masterclass display.
Batting first, Delhi were bowled out for 148 runs in the first innings at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. In reply, Puducherry posted 244 runs, which is 96 runs more than the hosts. Delhi failed to make the amends in the second innings as they collapsed at 145.
Yash Dhull sacked as Delhi captain following the team’s shocking defeat at home
Delhi set up a target of 50 for the visitors. In response, they chased down the target without any fuss and won the game by 9 wickets. Following Delhi’s shocking defeat at their den, there came another shock in the history of Delhi cricket.
Delhi selectors took a bold decision by sacking Yash Dhull as captain. The development came after Delhi lost to an inexperienced team, which perhaps, might have forced the State association to take the call. Meanwhile, Himmat Singh has been handed the captaincy whereas Ayush Badoni has been retained as vice-captain.
“It was the selectors’ decision to relieve Yash of the captaincy. To me, Yash is the future of Delhi cricket and Indian cricket. He is seen as a serious prospect. The priority for him now is to get back to scoring runs again. Anything that can distract him from that should be avoided. Captaincy at this point won’t help him solely focus on his batting,” Delhi head coach Devang Gandhi told TOI.