Ranking 10 worst player releases by Delhi Capitals in IPL history
A deep look at the players and their stints with Delhi suggests that the franchise was good enough to eye the talent but not back it for long enough.
Updated - Aug 23, 2021 11:39 am
Delhi Capitals is one of the best teams in the Indian Premier League right now. But not too long, their IPL record made them nothing more than a social media punching bag. And it is not that they had all bad seasons until 2019. They did manage to make it to the playoffs thrice (in 2008, 2009, and 2012) but failed to win the title.
A lot has to be put on the management that failed to persist with certain players and team combinations at the right time. There are several stars who first came to the Delhi franchise and were identified by them. But, most of these players only became big names after leaving the franchise. This has resulted in a bunch of player releases which can be termed bizarre. Here is the ranking of-
10 worst player releases by Delhi Capitals in the history of IPL
10. Pat Cummins
Before Pat Cummins became the owner of one of the biggest IPL contracts ever, the New South Wales pacer had a successful stint with the Delhi franchise. His fairy tale return to the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the 2020 season and his subsequent success with him came only after a good season at the Delhi team.
In the 2017 IPL auction, Delhi bought the fast-bowler for INR 4.5 crores. This was also the time when Cummins was returning to international cricket in full flow and looked like a million-dollar thing on the cricket field. In 12 matches of the 2017 season, he picked up 15 wickets with an economy of above 8.
His strike rate with the ball during the tournament was 18, meaning he was picking up a wicket in every three overs. An injury ruled him out of the 2018 season and meant that Delhi was not going to persist with him. At the 2020 auction, he fetched the big bucks to become a Knight Rider again and since then, has not looked back.