One year is a long time in sport and Delhi Daredevils will be the first to vouch for that. A win has remained elusive in six consecutive matches for a side that won 11 of its 16 Indian Premier League matches last year to enter the qualifiers as table toppers. What further adds to Delhi's trouble is their inconsistency hasn't just revolved around one department,and that is the deadlock they would look to break when they take on Mumbai Indians at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday (April 21). Both sides incidentally, are coming off a demoralising loss to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.
Last year, the clash was billed as the battle of the heavyweights, but not even the perpetual rivalry between the fans of Delhi and Mumbai can infuse the match with the same competitiveness this time around. When they've got going, Delhi have looked a side that can beat any opponent, but they're playing poor cricket, and a turnaround looks increasingly unlikely notwithstanding the presence of players like Mahela Jayawardene, Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Morne Morkel in the side.
Another loss will all but finish Delhi's chances, however slim they may be, of making the playoffs, a thought that doesn't seem to have affected the enthusiasm around the group.