After the ouster of Shreyas Iyer, Delhi Capitals have suffered another big blow as Axar Patel has tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, the left-arm spinner Axar Patel will miss out on the first few games due to recovery. As a result, Delhi Capitals will have to find a replacement for Axar Patel in the first match.
Axar Patel is in great form as he recently made his international debut against England. In just 3 Test matches, he took 27 wickets and bagged the limelight of cricket fans.
Delhi Capitals will commence their IPL 2021 journey with the first game against Chennai Super Kings on April 10 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Rishabh Pant will lead the team in IPL 2021 as the wicket-keeper batsman has been named as the new skipper for the team in IPL 2021. Last year, Delhi Capitals reached the final showcasing a splendid performance in the tournament.
However, they failed to lift the trophy after losing to Mumbai Indians in the final. As Axar Patel is confirmed to miss the Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings match in IPL 2021, here we look at 3 players who can replace him in the playing XI.
IPL 2021: 3 Players Who Can Replace Axar Patel In Delhi Capitals Playing XI For The First Match Against CSK
Avesh Khan is a right-arm fast bowler who is part of the Delhi Capitals. He made his IPL debut after playing 1 match for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017, where he accounted for 1 wicket. Since IPL 2018, Avesh Khan has been part of the Delhi Capitals. He played 6 matches in IPL 2018 and grabbed 4 wickets.
In IPL 2019 and IPL 2020, he played 1 match each in both seasons and remained wicket-less. However, he has spent a lot of time with the squad and can be chosen to replace Patel in the first match against Chennai Super Kings.
Lalit Yadav was bought by Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 auction but he did not play any match last season. He is an all-rounder who plays for Delhi at the domestic level. He is a right-handed batsman and off-break bowler. He has played 35 T20 matches and has 27 wickets.
In 24 List A games, he has scalped 29 wickets. In his First-Class career, he has played 12 matches and taken 9 wickets. He is a spinner which Delhi Capitals can opt to replace Axar Patel in the first match of IPL 2021.
Manimaran Siddharth was bought by Delhi Capitals during IPL 2021 auction. He was part of Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020 but did not play any match. He is a slow left-arm bowler like Patel. He had a good performance in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019-20 where he took 12 wickets. So far M Siddharth has played 6 T20 matches and taken 16 wickets.
In his First-Class career, he has taken 10 wickets in 4 matches. He is another player who can be inducted in the playing XI of Delhi Capitals instead of Patel in the first match of IPL 2021 against Chennai Super Kings.