IPL 2021: Best Predicted Playing XI of Delhi Capitals (DC)
What would an ideal Delhi Capitals' XI look like? Let’s take a look.
Updated - Feb 19, 2021 1:37 pm
Struggling to find answers, unable to match their counterparts, and after a last-spot finish in 2018, the Delhi Capitals had only one way to move: upwards. And that is where they have moved for the last two years. Rubbishing the tag of underachievers, they shot up to success rather hurriedly, finishing third in 2019. The change of people at the helm of affairs – Ricky Ponting took over as their coach – was refreshingly pleasing too and come 2020, the Capitals managed to break into a territory they had not seen even once in 13 participations: the IPL Finals.
Though the title has remained elusive, their journey from rags to the riches under the able leadership of Shreyas Iyer was as inspirational as any. During their journey till the grand finale, the Capitals withstood countless blows. They lost the services to their premium pacer in Ishant Sharma and were subsequently left without Amit Mishra too. Injuries to Rishabh Pant, Kagiso Rabada, and the lack of Prithvi Shaw’s form shook their balance and led them wanting at times, but none of that prevented them from keeping themselves in the hunt.
Right before the decisive playoffs, the Capitals lost back-to-back games and recorded six losses in the last eight fixtures. However, the initial hard work meant that they were not thrown out of contention and a timely victory towards the end saw them inside the top-four slot. Coming into this year’s auction after releasing Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma, and Jason Roy, and Harshal Patel (Traded), Daniel Sams (Traded), Capitals were looking for 8 slots to fill, three of which were overseas berths.
Their prominent purchases in the auction included Steven Smith (INR 2.20 Crore), Sam Billings (INR 2 Crore), Umesh Yadav (INR 1 Crore), and Tom Curran (INR 5.25 Crore) and they employed Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, all uncapped, at their base price of INR 20 Lakhs.
What would be an ideal XI for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021? Let’s take a look –
1. Shikhar Dhawan
The Delhi Capitals are blessed to have a bulk of Indian batsmen in their top-order, and there is nothing to complain about for the management when they have an opener as accomplished as Shikhar Dhawan. Having amassed 5197 runs in 176 matches, which include a whopping 41 half-centuries, Dhawan is one of the most experienced campaigners of the league, and his excellence in the shortest format is not hidden from anyone.
He was at his sensational best in the 2020 edition, when he finished only second to KL Rahul in the run for the Orange Cap. Owing to the dismal form of his opening partner Prithvi Shaw, Dhawan, at times, had the added burden of carrying his side along alone, although, performance-wise, it turned out to be his best season, and he ended up scoring 618 runs at 44.14 with 2 centuries.
Having stamped his name amongst the best in the IPL business, Dhawan will once again imitate the proceedings with the bat for his home franchise.