IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals Pre-Season Analysis

Delhi Capitals has been a team that has had a disappointing past, but currently, it seems to be one of the heavyweights of the season. The difference between the last 2 seasons and the previous ones is that they finally have retained their staff and also have retained their captain. The Capitals have had a tough history when they were named Delhi Daredevils. However, when they were renamed as Capitals and after some other major revamps, they finished 3rd in 2019 and runners up in the previous season. Now, let’s see what’s in store for the Delhi Capitals! 

Current squad:

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings


(Image: Delhi Capitals | Twitter)

New signings:

Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury. Now a huge debate sprung up on who should lead the Capitals. Many suggested it would be Ashwin or Smith or Rahane. But the Delhi Capitals thought otherwise. They appointed the ever-entertaining Rishabh Pant as their new captain. In the auction, they bought many players at the base price. For example, India’s fast bowler, Umesh Yadav was bought at the base price! Steve Smith, who was expected to go big was bought only for 2.2 crores. Their highest bid was for Tom Curran for 5.25 crores. Apart from that, they brought in some new youngsters in their team. Overall, the team looks extremely solid! 


1. A Strong Pace Attack

When it comes to the pace department, the Capitals had been one of the best in the previous season. Rabada and Nortje provided the breakthroughs whenever they needed them the most. Apart from the Qualifier 1 against the Mumbai Indians, they pretty much looked outstanding in all the matches! Rabada was also the Purple Cap winner in the previous season. Also, they have bought Chris Woakes for their pace department.

Apart from these overseas pacers, DC also has Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav to add experience in the pace department. Overall the Capitals have a great depth in their pace attack! 

2. Strong Spin Department

Off late, the two spinners Ashwin and Axar Patel have just been sensational. They were remarkable in the previous season too bowling in the powerplay. They tore apart England in the Test series with their exceptional spin bowling. You can expect both Ash and Axar to deliver for the Capitals when the bowlers are getting thrashed. Delhi Capitals also have Amit Mishra as the backup spinner.

Ashwin bags a wicket (Image: Delhi Capitals | Instagram)

3. Middle Order

The middle order of the Capitals looks really incredible, with the new signing Steve Smith and Rishabh Pant and then the finisher, Marcus Stoinis. Unlike many teams, they have built a strong core to accelerate in the middle overs! Apart from these three, there is Shimron Hetmyer who has the ability to change the match in a span of 2-3 overs.  This middle order looks really, really threatening, doesn’t it? 

4. Backups:

Unlike many teams, the Delhi Capitals have picked a lot of backups for their players. For example, if both Rabada and Nortje get injured, they have Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Chris Woakes as replacements. For the middle order, they can either play Shimron Hetmyer or Steve Smith depending on which type of player they would love to slot in. Amit Mishra is a great backup in case Ashwin or Axar gets injured.


1. Unsettled opening partnership

Last year, Delhi had tried so many combinations in the opening slots, they went with Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan initially and after Prithvi failed, they went to Rahane and Dhawan at the top of the order. After Rahane failed again, they went to Prithvi Shaw again and once he again failed to deliver with the bat. In the end, they tried to go with Marcus Stoinis in the opener’s slot in Qualifier 2. He delivered in the first match but failed to deliver in the finals. The Delhi Capitals must finalise an opening partnership before it is too late.

2. Lack of the 5th bowler

Last year, they tried in new faces like Mohit Sharma, Pawan Deshpande and Praveen Dubey as their fifth bowler but all of them failed to deliver. This year, Delhi has bought Umesh Yadav as their fifth bowler. Also, they have Ishant Sharma in their pace attack which is a big boost for them. But all that matters is their fifth bowler must deliver. Umesh Yadav got thrashed in the previous season while Ishant Sharma got injured for the whole season. Can the fifth bowler deliver for the Capitals, let’s wait and see.


Marcus Stoinis hits a four (Image: Delhi Capitals | Instagram)

The Delhi Capitals’ all-rounder Marcus Stoinis was a revelation last year. He did a fantastic job with the bat scoring 352 runs at a strike rate of almost 150 with 3 half-centuries. With the ball, he took 13 wickets. His performance in the Qualifier 2 won him the ‘Man of the Match’ too. This year, the expectations will be high on him and he definitely is DC’s X-Factor player.

Featured Image: Delhi Capitals | Twitter

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