5 Players DC might look for in IPL 2021
The Capitals finished as the runners-up in IPL 2020, losing to the Mumbai Indians in the final.
Updated - Nov 12, 2020 2:06 pm
The Delhi Capitals (DC) followed up a ground-breaking 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season with an even better exhibition in the most recent 2020 edition. Led by Shreyas Iyer, the team managed to book its first final appearance in 13 seasons. They finished runners-up, but it was inspiring to see the young team churn out some sensational performances all through the tourney.
With IPL 13 now done and dusted, the focus now shifts on to the next season, which is just a few months away. DC would be looking forward to going one step better next season and finally acquire the coveted IPL silverware that has always eluded them. And for that, they’ll have to ensure to assemble their best set of squad-members for next year.
Presently, it’s unclear if the 2021 season will be preceded by a mega auction or not. Thankfully, what works for DC is that they’ve already come together as a well-oiled unit, so a complete overhaul won’t be necessary for them. Having said that, they will be eager to fine-tune the trivial aspects where they were found lacking this season.
Keeping that in mind, here’s a list of players whom DC might be eager on acquiring for the next IPL edition:
1. Dhruv Shorey
For as good as DC’s 2020 IPL campaign was, the team did fumble on a few key aspects of their game. One of those aspects was the performance of their top-order batters.
The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane didn’t quite live up to their reputation and ended the season with a string of underwhelming scores. But the bigger issue for Delhi was that the team didn’t have any reliable local options to fall back on. So the management had no choice but to persist and hope for their underperforming players to come good.
It wouldn’t be ideal for the Capitals to have such a situation repeat itself the next year. Hence, they might consider investing in some of the available Indian batting options.
They have a readymade candidate available in the form of Dhruv Shorey, the captain of their namesake team in the Ranji Trophy. Over the past few years, Shorey has been a top-performer for the state team in T20s, averaging a respectable 27.85 in the shortest format of the game.
Additionally, should next year’s IPL be moved back to India, his familiarity with the conditions of the Arun Jaitley Stadium makes him a valuable asset to the DC dressing room, even in a non-playing capacity. The Capitals are clearly lacking a genuine Indian top-order batsman, and from all the options available, Shorey looks the most worthwhile investment for them.