Aghast at their appalling show in this IPL, Delhi Daredevils batsman JP Duminy said they need to look in the mirror to find faults and improve so that they can come back strong in the next season.
Daredevils ended their campaign with their ninth defeat in a row as Kings XI Punjab thrashed them by seven wickets.
"There are a lot of lessons to be learnt. No doubt, one of our poor seasons in terms of brand of cricket. So as much we want to forget it, I think we need to really look at ourselves in the mirror, take the responsibility and see where we can improve as players and how we can represent Delhi a lot better in the coming season," Duminy said.
Asked what exactly went wrong in their campaign, Duminy said, "On a whole we just didn't put it all together. When we batted well, we never bowled well and when we bowled well we didn't bat well. At times, we let ourselves down in the fielding as well."
"Our skills needs to be improved dramatically if we want to compete in this tournament and that includes myself. You know, we can all improve in every area of our games," the 30-year-old South African said.
He further added, "We are professional cricketers who take pride in our performance, not only as individuals but also as a team. Even though we all come from different countries, when you cross that rope you are playing for the badge that you are wearing. Very disappointing this season has been, but we need to take out lesson from it." Is there any positive they can take from this season Duminy says,"As a team we have connected well. Nobody has blamed each other for dismal performances. Throughout the tournament, we stuck together as a team and encouraged each other each and every day…we are probably one of the few teams which are completely fresh team, nobody was retained…just connecting with people and teammates. Obviously there is a lot of different cultures within the group, so creating friendships and creating relationships between each other was obviously a plus."