Delhi Daredevils mentor Rahul Dravid was obviously dejected after his team was dismantled by Kings XI Punjab for 67 at Mohali on Sunday.
Sharing his thoughts on the shambolic performance, Dravid said, “It's pretty disappointing. There's not much to say when you get out for 67. We were pretty disappointing on the day with our execution. We can only go up from here. We are better than what we showed today. We were very poor and didn't bat intelligently. We didn't access the conditions well enough and didn't give ourselves a chance.
"There have been times where we've played pretty good cricket. There have been times where we've lost close games. The three games that we lost were relatively close. The last couple of games we've not played well. Even in Calcutta, I thought we were very good in the first 15 overs and then lost the game in the last five overs,” he added.
For the Kings match, Daredevils rested Zaheer Khan, who was suffering from a hamstring issue. Karun Nair led the team in his absence.
On the decision, Dravid explained, “We had decided pretty early on in the tournament that if Zaheer does get injured, Karun will lead the side," he said. "Last year's vice-captain JP (Duminy) isn't here and Quinton (de Kock) isn't here as well, so we have decided that Karun will take over the captaincy.
"There are times when you are going to run out of form whether you are the captain or the vice captain. It happens. This game is not a reflection of his captaincy. He has led junior teams and has led them quite well. There wasn't much he could do after we didn't put enough runs on the board. We would like him to score a few more runs,” he further told the media.
--By A Cricket Correspondent