New Delhi. There has been an earthquake in Delhi cricket after suffering a defeat by 9 wickets at the hands of Puducherry in a match of Ranji Trophy 2024. Just a few hours after this defeat, Yash Dhull was removed from the captaincy of Delhi. In his place, middle-order batsman Himmat Singh has been given the captaincy of the team for the remaining tournament. Himmat had led Delhi to a memorable win against Mumbai last season and was also the captain of the team in the Buchi Babu Cricket Tournament.
Delhi Ranji team coach Devang Gandhi told the Indian Express, "This was the decision of the selectors. For me, the most important thing is to score runs for Yash. He is the future of Delhi cricket and perhaps even Indian cricket. It is important to take care of them. Anything that helps him focus on his batting and score runs should be given priority. He does not need distractions outside the field."
‘Yash Dhull will focus on batting’
DDCA joint secretary Rajan Manchanda said, "We want Yash (Dhull) to concentrate on his batting, that is why we have relieved him of the responsibility of captaincy."
Yash Dhull neither batted nor showed any edge in his captaincy in the match against Puducherry. Yash had scored only 25 runs in both the innings against Puducherry. Now Delhi has to play its next match in Ranji Trophy against Jammu and Kashmir on 12 January.
Dhull became the captain of Delhi last season
21-year-old Yash Dhull was appointed captain last season with the intention of bringing the Delhi team back on track. The Under-19 World Cup-winning captain had an impressive debut season with the Delhi senior team in 2022, scoring 479 runs in three matches, which included 3 centuries. However, in the next season, he could only score 270 runs in 10 innings.
3 changes in Delhi team
There have been 3 changes in Delhi’s 18-member team for the match against Jammu and Kashmir. Ishant Sharma will not travel with the team. He will play only domestic matches. Navdeep Saini has been selected in the India-A team for the match against England Lions. Left arm spinner Vikas Mishra has been dropped from the team. Opening batsman Salil Malhotra, left arm fast bowler Kuldeep Yadav and medium fast bowler Prince Yadav have been included in the team.