Ranji Trophy: Delhi resilience shines through despite off-field turmoil

Despite facing significant challenges off the field, Delhi cricket team managed to end their Ranji Trophy campaign on a high note, securing a commendable third-place finish in the pool. Throughout the season, Delhi encountered internal strife, with senior players expressing frustration at the dysfunctional system within the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). The selection panel chief’s resignation early in the season and the abrupt removal of young captain Yash Dhull added to the team’s tumultuous journey. Furthermore, the looming threat of relegation added pressure halfway into the season.

However, despite these obstacles, Delhi showcased resilience and determination in the latter part of the season, clinching three victories in their last four games. Their final-round triumph against Odisha exemplified their fighting spirit, with Yash Dhull’s impressive first-innings century, his fifth in first-class cricket, playing a pivotal role. Dhull’s century helped Delhi secure a narrow 11-run lead before Odisha faltered in their second innings, managing only 133 runs. Chasing a modest target of 123, Delhi achieved victory comfortably by seven wickets, with Ayush Badoni and Dhull guiding them to the win.


Delhi’s ability to overcome internal discord and focus on their performance on the field reflects the team’s resilience and commitment to success despite facing adversity.