Delhi Capitals (DC) had another successful IPL season last year, after they made it to their second consecutive play-offs. Led by Shreyas Iyer, DC failed to clear the final hurdle as they were defeated in the finals by Mumbai Indians. However, the franchise were dealt with an early blow even before the start of IPL 2021 season. Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament owing to a shoulder injury, he picked up at during the ODI series against England.
As a result, Rishabh Pant was handed the captaincy for the upcoming season, ahead of the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Ashwin. The franchise bought the likes of Steven Smith and Tom Curran among their top overseas picks at the auction.
Overseas Players in DC Squad for IPL 2021
Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Chris Woakes, Steve Smith, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.
4 overseas players in Delhi Capitals (DC) Playing XI for IPL 2021 will be:
Marcus Stoinis will certainly feature in the playing eleven for Delhi Capitals. The Australia all-rounder had a stellar season last time around, where he scored 352 runs with the bat at an average of 25.14. Moreover, he did a decent job with the ball as well, picking up 13 wickets in his 17 matches at an average of 21.76.
The 31-year old helped Delhi Capitals to end the innings with a flurry of runs, scoring three fifties last season. Having a player like Stoinis allows some sort of flexibility, as he can be promoted to the top of the order, as was the case in the finals last season.
Shimron Hetymer is expected to get the nod over Sam Billings for a place in the playing eleven. Steven Smith is not considered to be a part of Delhi’s Plan A, as was evident after the franchise appointed Rishabh Pant as it’s captain. The West Indian played 12 matches last season, scoring 185 runs at an average of 23.12 and a strike rate of 148. He is expected to come in at number five or six, and finish the innings alongside Marcus Stoinis.
Kagiso Rabada won the Purple Cap last season, after he picked up 30 wickets at an average of 18.26. The South African pacer will miss the opening few games as he joined the Delhi camp just recently. Rabada was ruthless at the death overs last season, and finished off games for Delhi Capitals. The pacer also had an impressive campaign in the 2019 season, where he picked up 25 wickets at an average of 14.72. However, he failed to pick up wickets with the new ball and it is something he would work on this season.
Chris Woakes is expected to feature in the playing eleven, until Kagiso Rabada has completed his mandatory isolation. The Englishman has played just 18 matches so far in his IPL career so far, picking up 25 wickets.
Anrich Nortje was Kagiso Rabada’s partner in crime last season, as he picked up 22 wickets at an average of 23.27. The South African pacer registered some of the fastest balls ever bowled in IPL history, and was a revelation last season. Nortje, along with Kagiso Rabada will also miss the opening few matches of the season.
The Protea speedster will certainly claim his spot in the team once he is out of isolation. In the meanwhile, Tom Curran can be expected to fill Nortje’s void. The English all-rounder played just five matches for Rajasthan Royals last season, where he picked up just the three wickets.