Longest IPL losing streaks

Published 04/25/2015, 8:35 AM EDT


Delhi DareDevils- 11 matches (2014-15) & 8 matches (2012-13)

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They were the one of the weakest teams last year. Weak batting, erratic bowling and lacking a good captain made things worse for them. Under Kevin Pietersen’s captaincy, Delhi could only manage one fifty from eleven innings. The closest they could come to a victory in a very long time was this year, when Albie Morkel smashed a boundary of the last ball of which 6 were required in the second match of this year’s IPL. DD, however, looks a better team this year in IPL 8 with the addition of Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Mathews, Imran Tahir and will be looking to turn their fortunes around.
In the 2012-13 seasons, their team was better than the team which lost 11 matches on the trot, but flop performances have always haunted the Delhi Daredevils. Barring a blazing 95 against Kings XI Punjab, Virender Sehwag was a no show managing just 200 runs from the next 12 innings in 2013. Morne Morkel too couldn’t deliver the goods going for 335 runs at 8.37 runs per over.Pune Warriors- 11 matches (2012-13) & 9 matches(2013)

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Pune Warriors had a lot of big players in their lineup, but they couldn’t deliver at the time when it mattered the most. Saurav Ganguly’s captaincy was uninspiring, and returns of 268 runs from 15 innings with the bat didn’t help either. With an economy of 8.37, Ashish Nehra also had a tournament to forget. Pune was heavily dependent on Yuvraj Singh who sparked off only occasionally. The closest they could get to a victory was the 1 run defeat from Mumbai Indians though it shouldn’t have reached that point. In 2013 season when they ended the 11 match losing streak, they thought of turning the tables around but another string of poor performances from big guns resulted in another losing streak of 9 matches. Yuvraj Singh, with a highest score of 34, summed up a shambolic season of 2013 for Pune Warriors which ended with the franchise being terminated.

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Kolkata Knight Riders- 9 matches (2009)


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It’s hard to believe that this champion side, which has the record of the largest winning streak of IPL also has this streak of losing 9 matches on the trot. It was the second IPL and KKR had the best of the shortest format players, but all didn’t go well for them. Chris Gayle and Sourav Ganguly failed to score even a half century while on the bowling front Ajit Agarkar had a tournament to forget conceding 284 runs at an economy of 9.16. The closest they could come to a victory was against Rajasthan Royals where they lost the match in a super over. But the team has picked themselves from there and has won the IPL twice.

edited by Bhavna Rachuri

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