Delhi Capitals (DC) had another successful IPL campaign last year as they finished as the runner-ups, losing to Mumbai Indians in the final. Led by Shreyas Iyer, the young Delhi team entered the IPL playoffs for a second successive year and will be itching to get their hands on the title this year.
Steve Smith was bough by Delhi Capitals in the auction, alongside the likes of Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav and Sam Billings. On paper, Delhi have one of the strongest squads in the tournament, with huge amount of depth outside their playing XI. Shreyas Iyer will continue to lead the Capitals and he will get vital support from Steve Smith this year, who captained Rajasthan Royals last season.
Full DC Squad for IPL 2021
Delhi Capitals: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, Steve Smith, Sam Billings, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala and M Siddharth.
Probable DC Playing XI for IPL 2021
Shikhar Dhawan was the highest run-getter for Delhi Capitals in the previous edition, scoring 618 runs in 17 innings at an average of 44.14. The Delhi batsman also scored two centuries last season, and ended up just 52 runs behind the Orange Cap winner, Lokesh Rahul.
Prithvi Shaw had a strong start to the IPL season last year, but a string of low scores made him lose his place in the playing XI. However, after an impressive domestic season, which includes a double century in the Vijay Hazare trophy, Shaw is expected to open alongside Shikhar Dhawan.
Steve Smith, captain of Rajasthan Royals was not retained by his franchise this year. The Australian was picked up by Delhi Capitals in the auction and is expected to come in at number three. Smith had a poor 2020 campaign with the bat, scoring just 311 runs in 14 outings at an average of 25.91. He will look forward to having a much better this season this time around, and silence his critics.
Shreyas Iyer, captain of the Capitals will come in at number four, just like the previous season. Iyer scored 519 runs in the last campaign at an average of 34.60 and was also the fourth highest run getter in the tournament. Iyer’s knock of 65 runs in the IPL final against Mumbai Indians gave his side some hope as they put up a fighting total.
Rishabh Pant has clawed his way back into the Indian T20I squad after brilliant Test series against England and Australia. The left-hander will come in at number for Delhi Capitals and will be given freedom to play his natural game. He scored 343 runs last season at an average of just over 31.
Marcus Stoinis will be tasked with the duty of providing the Capitals with a late flurry of runs, coming in at number six. The Australian all-rounder did a decent job with the ball last season, picking up 13 wickets in his 17 outings. With the bat, he scored 352 runs at an average of just over 25.
Axar Patel has had a terrific start to the year and is in high spirits after an incredible Test series against England, which saw him picking up 27 wickets in just three outings. The all-rounder did not make much of an impact last year, picking up just nine wickets in his 15 outings.
Ravi Ashwin had a terrific Test series against England, scoring a century in the second Test match and proving to be a match winner with the ball. Last year, the off-spinner picked up 13 wickets in his 15 outings at an average of just over 30. Ashwin and Axar Patel will reunite at Delhi Capitals and will look to emulate their performance against England.
The South African pacer picked up 30 wickets last year, and also claimed the Purple Cap. Rabada played an instrumental part in guiding the Capitals to the playoffs and was the most consistent bowlers in the death overs. Rabada is expected to Delhi’s talisman for the 2021 season as they aim to win the IPL title this year.
Anrich Nortje was Delhi’s find of the season last year. The South African pacer bowled at some serious pace, breaking the 150 kmph barrier with comfortable ease. He formed a perfect bowling combination with his South African teammate, Kagiso Rabada. Nortje picked up 22 wickets last season, becoming the tournament’s fourth highest wicket taker in 2020.
Released by Royal Challengers Bangalore before the auction, Umesh Yadav was picked up by Delhi Capitals. He will complete the three-man pace attack for Delhi. Yadav played just two matches last year and spent most of the season on the bench. Delhi who desperately needed an Indian pacer, has found a perfect match in Umesh Yadav.
Probable DC Playing XI for IPL 2021: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Umesh Yadav, Anrich Nortje