Overview : The Delhi Capitals were originally the Delhi Daredevils for all the seasons untill last year. It was in the 2019 season when they played under new owners and finished third by qualifying for the playoffs after seven years. They are captained by a relatively young player who has led them in the last two seasons and is coming up the ranks in international cricket.
Captain : Shreyas Iyer
Support Staff : Ricky Ponting (head coach), Mohammad Kaif (Asst. Coach), Samuel Badree (spin bowling coach) Ryan Harris (fast bowling coach).
Squad : –
‘Go hard or go home’ is what comes to mind when you look at this team. They promote an aggressive brand of cricket which was also followed by a successful Ricky Ponting in his playing days.
Strengths : Their strength is undoubtedly their batting order. All of the players right from Shaw at the top to Axar amongst the all-rounders are hard-hitters. This is one team which can score 200+ with ease.
Trivia : Only 1 match witnessed a 200+ total in IPL 2014 which was held in the UAE for the first half.
Weaknesses : Besides Lamichhane none of the spinners play T20 cricket or limited overs cricket regularly for their country and conventional spinners like Axar and Ashwin may struggle because of the above reason and partly due to the decline in the relevance of off-spinners in this format.
Player to watch out for : –
Harshal Patel : The fast bowling all-rounder has been playing the IPL for a few years now but he starts this season with a renewed confidence. The 29-year old broke the record for most wickets in a season for Haryana in the Ranji Trophy with 52 scalps in 9 matches (2019-20). His performance of 19 wickets @ 7.04 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy was the joint second highest in the competition and being a lower order batsman he scored 374 runs at a strike rate of 165.48 while opening the innings in the same tournament.
Team combination and probable XI :-
Most of their batsmen are largely one dimensional if you look at the way they play and they could either blow away the other teams or it could go horribly wrong for them. So someone like a Rahane, who can pace the innings and hold one end up in these conditions would not be a bad option. Either Harshal or Axar can play for the all-rounder’s slot depending upon whether they want the third spinner or not which will be based on the conditions.
1. Dhawan 2. Shaw 3. Rahane 4. Iyer 5. Pant (wk) 6. Hetmyer 7. Axar/Harshal 8. Mishra 9. Lamichhane 10. Rabada 11. Ishant.
Trivia : Rishabh Pant is the leading run scorer in the last three years of the IPL amassing 1534 runs.
Predicted finish : Definitely a contender for the top 4 if they can sort out their spin bowling and their Indian fast bowling department.
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