Delhi Capitals (DC), the runners-up in the IPL 2020, are ready to face Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second game of the IPL 2021 this Saturday (10th April) evening at Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai).
Delhi Capitals are now growing up as a tough team as they highly impressed in the last two IPL seasons. In the IPL 2020, they first time qualified for any tournament final but they finished as the runners-up as Mumbai Indians (MI) beat them in the final of that tournament.
Now, the Delhi franchise will try their best to move forward one more step in the IPL 2021 to end their long wait to win their first trophy.
Some of their foreign cricketers, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will miss their first match of the IPL 2021 due to quarantine rules.
IPL 2021, Match 2: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals (CSK vs DC) – DC Predicted XI
Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan was the second most run-scorer in the IPL 2020 as he scored 618 runs in 17 innings with the help of 2 centuries and four half-centuries. Recently, in the home ODI series against England, Dhawan scored 98 and 67 runs in the first and third ODI respectively.
In the IPL 2020, the young opener Prithvi Shaw hugely struggled to perform consistently. But in recent times, Shaw was in outstanding form as he was the highest run-scorer in the domestic List A tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored the record 827 runs in 8 innings with an incredible average of 165.40, where he hit four centuries and one more half-century, including a double-century.
Ajinkya Rahane did not have a big memorable time in the IPL 2020 as he scored 113 runs in eight innings, including one half-century. In recent Test matches, though Rahane played some very responsible knocks, he was still struggling with his consistency.
Former Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith is ready to serve for his new team, Delhi Capitals, in the IPL 2021. He struggled in the last IPL season, but recently, the Australian cricketer was in good form at home.
Rishabh Pant (C/wk)
In the absence of injured captain Shreyas Iyer, wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant is taking full responsibility for Delhi Capitals’ leadership in the IPL 2021. Pant is currently in impressive form with the bat and he is continuously improving as a wicket-keeper too. Now, it will be interesting how he can handle the captaincy challenge.
Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis played some important roles as an all-rounder in the IPL 2020. Talking about his recent forms, Stoinis played some good roles for his team but he has the ability to become a more important player for his team.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also played a crucial role for Delhi Capitals to reach the final of the IPL 2020 where he took 13 wickets in 15 matches. But he is currently in better form with the ball which makes the team stronger. His batting ability is also an important bonus for his team.
England cricketer Chris Woakes is ready to restart his IPL career who last time played an IPL match in the 2018 edition. While Delhi Capitals have foreign pacers like Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, Woakes needs to perform strongly in their season opener to get some more chances in this season without looking for the luck.
Another England cricketer Tom Curran may also make his debut for Delhi Capitals this Saturday. While he has taken 9 wickets in 10 IPL matches, Tom didn’t shine much in the recent opportunities.
If Axar Patel remains unavailable for this forthcoming match, the experienced leg-spinner Amit Mishra may get the opportunity, who is the second most wicket-taker in IPL history. He was unlucky in the IPL 2020 as an injury forced him to get ruled out from that tournament after playing only three matches where he got three wickets. Since that tournament, he hasn’t played a professional match yet.
The tall right-arm pacer Ishant Sharma played only one game in the IPL 2020 as he got a rib injury during that tournament, which forced him to miss the other matches of that season. Now, Ishant is ready to take the pace-bowling charge of Delhi Capitals in their first match of the IPL 2021.