IPL 2022: 3 Changes DC need to make for the game against KKR
DC lost their last game to LSG.
Updated - Apr 10, 2022 11:22 am
The Delhi Capitals franchise has been a heavyweight team in the recent past in the Indian Premier League (IPL), qualifying for the playoffs in the last three editions. However, in the current season, they have secured just a solitary win in their first three games.
In their first two matches, the franchise lacked the availability of some of their key foreign players. But, despite having David Warner and Anrich Nortje against Lucknow Super Giants, the Capitals lost the match while defending. At present, they stand seventh in the points table.
3 changes that DC need to make for their next game against KKR
1. Anrich Nortje replacing Shardul Thakur as the second pacer in the power play
Unfortunately, DC’s chief bowling spearhead Anrich Nortje wasn’t available for the first two games. The SA pacer was unfit and hence lacked game time before joining the squad. In his absence, Delhi have produced mediocre bowling performances in the powerplay. So far, in the first three matches, the bowlers have picked up a single wicket at an economy of around eight inside the first six overs.
In Nortje’s absence, both Mustafizur Rahman and Shardul Thakur have mainly operated in the powerplay. The only wicket that DC has been able to scalp in the powerplays was provided to them by Mustafizur. On the other hand, Shardul has been unimpressive. Thakur bowled a single over only against LSG in the powerplay, after leaking runs at an economy of over eight.
Anrich Nortje in his comeback match also bowled a solitary over in the first six. In fact, his introduction in the fifth over was a surprising move for many. Overall, if DC have to make a solid start against KKR then hunting wickets early will be necessary. And to pursue this, Nortje’s express pace looks befitting. Much like KKR’s Umesh Yadav, the SA pacer can hound the batters through his nippy bowling. As KKR’s opening pair has been vulnerable to pacers, Delhi can rattle them easily.