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As Delhi failed to break Vidarbha's resistance on the final day of their last league game, their Ranji Trophy season came to an abrupt end. With 20 points they finished fourth in their group. At Nagpur on Tuesday, the bowlers were not backed by the fielders as several catches were dropped. The day in a way summed up Delhi's season. Several times during the last two months, Delhi had an opportunity to take a healthy lead over others in the group but they somehow they faltered to hit the stride. Delhi skipper Shikhar Dhawan speaks about the hit-and-miss season:
What do you think was the main reason for the team's lackluster show this season?
I think we haven't batted to our strength this season. Although it is difficult for the batsmen to bat on green tracks but even on a spin-friendly track, like the one at Lahli, we struggled. That hurt us real bad. Until then the season was perfectly shaping up and we batsmen had a good time in the middle. One win would have made a difference for us.
What about the bowling department?
I will not blame my bowling department as they rescued us a number of times. Parvinder Awana performed exceptionally well this season and got a call from the national side. Sumit Narwal stepped it up whenever we needed a breakthrough.Suyal, Sangwan and Tokas too were good. I thought we really missed (Ashish) Nehra bhai against Karnataka. On that pace-friendly track we had to use spinners. And also against Baroda at Ferozeshah Kotla, it would have been great he was there. If he had bowled, we could have got Baroda out cheaply and got three points. That would have made a big difference.
Any another problem …
Our fielding was also poor. As they say catches win matches, we realised the importance of the phrase this season. Against Haryana, a couple of catches were floored which saw us staying on the field for a longer duration. But most importantly, we dropped Shalabh Srivastava who went on to make 80 not out in today's match against Vidarbha. He held one end and we couldn't get three wickets in the end.