Delhi Daredevils revamped their teams hoping to turn the eleventh edition of the tournament in their favor.
The franchise of Delhi have rarely reached the playoffs despite having several big-ticket players, but this year the fans hoped that things might fall into place with players like Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Glenn Maxwell and Trent Boult by their side.
Having played four matches of the season, Delhi Daredevils still languish at the bottom with just one win.
Obviously, the ongoing form of the team has left skipper Gautam Gambhir disappointed. But, what has disappointed him more is the social media backlash following the defeats.
Writing in his column for the Times of India, Gambhir wrote that he was hurt after the fans have questioned the focus of the team and team selection.
Gambhir wrote,” To my mind, we now have a new body part – a smartphone. You just need to glance around and you will know what I mean. Currently, India has 490 million smartphone users.”
“Or, for those like me who are more comfortable with crore, 490 million equals to 49 crores. A healthy chunk of this number is on social media/Whatsapp and the other blah …blah… Many of these are sitting with their judgment glasses on, eager to hurl verdicts,” he added.
he also said that he constantly gets notifications where people advise him to drop Mohammed Shami and Play Avnesh Khan or play Prithvi Shaw instead of Vijay Shankar.
He further states that the trolls tell him that there are many Ds in the name of Delhi Daredevils calling it a bad omen as D stands for defeat.
“If we don’t react in a certain manner, it doesn’t mean that we are not hurt.”
“Our team is also concerned about conceding way too many runs in our last two games. Yes, we understand we should have been more competitive against Kolkata. But, if you read the messages, you will understand that we have given them a walkover.”
He further said that they haven’t committed a crime and IPL is a tournament where it takes time to get your combinations right.
Delhi Daredevils would be taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday.