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Updated January 8th, 2024 at 18:31 IST

Once a Ranji Trophy giant, now a sinking Titanic: Delhi cricket team's continues to disappoint

However, Delhi cricket is currently not in a good shape with controversies routinely surrounding the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Reported by: Vishal Tiwari
Delhi's Hrithik Shokeen gets into an argument with Tushar Deshpande
Delhi's Hrithik Shokeen gets into an argument with Tushar Deshpande | Image:PTI
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In a surprising turn of events, Puducherry pulled off a major upset against seven-time Ranji Trophy champions Delhi, marking a remarkable start to their domestic season. Puducherry handed Delhi the embarrassing 9-wicket defeat at the latter's backyard in the Arun Jaitley Stadium. Led by Fabid Ahmed, Puducherry secured crucial six points with the victory and climbed to the second spot on the Elite Group D table.

3 things you need to know

  • The Delhi cricket team was founded in 1876 and has won all major BCCI tournaments
  • The Puducherry cricket team was formed in 2018 and has not won any domestic events
  • This is the first time Puducherry has defeated Delhi in the Ranji Trophy

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Delhi's woeful run continues

Having produced players such as Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, and Rishabh Pant, Delhi is considered one of the domestic powerhouses of Indian cricket alongside Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. However, Delhi cricket is currently not in a good shape with controversies routinely surrounding the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA). 

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This has started to impact Delhi's on-field performances as well. In the latest development, Delhi lost a Ranji Trophy match to Puducherry and have slipped to the bottom of the Elite Group D points table. 

Gaurav Yadav, who made a significant impact by claiming a total of ten wickets for Puducherry, was the star of the show. Gaurav's exceptional seven-wicket haul in the first innings played a crucial role in dismissing a star-studded Delhi side for just 148 runs. In response, Puducherry posted a total of 244 runs, establishing a healthy 94-run lead, before bowling out the hosts for 145.

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Gaurav Yadav, who recently joined Puducherry after transferring from Madhya Pradesh, showcased his prowess by dismantling Delhi's batting lineup. In the first innings, he dismissed key players such as captain Yash Dhull, Vaibhav Rawal, Kshitiz Sharma, Hrithik Shokeen, Harsh Tyagi, Ishant Sharma, and Himanshu Chauhan. Gaurav continued his stellar performance by taking three more wickets in the second innings.

Abin Mathew also contributed significantly, taking a five-wicket haul in the second innings, helping Puducherry bundle out Delhi for just 145 runs, three runs fewer than their first-innings total. With a modest target of 51 runs to chase, Puducherry successfully secured the win with minimal losses on the fourth day of the match. 

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Published January 8th, 2024 at 17:23 IST

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