Delhi Capitals are finally looking a strong contenders to make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The national-capital based outfit are currently sitting at the fourth spot in the points table with 4 wins from seven games. The Shreyas Iyer-led side have already defeated heavyweights like Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders to prove their credentials this season. In their last game, they made light work of two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders.
Delhi Capitals thrashed Knight Riders by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens to register their first win at the venue since 2012. On a belter of a track, Delhi Capitals did extremely well to restrict Knight Riders’ power-packed batting lineup to 178 for 7.
In reply, they chased down the total with more than an over remaining thanks to their senior opener Shikhar Dhawan’s unbeaten knock of 97.
Almost everything is falling in place for Delhi Capitals at the moment but they had something to worry about last week when their allrounder Harshal Patel was ruled out of the entire season due to an injury. The team has now roped in 25-year-old left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith to replace Patel for the remainder of IPL 2019. Patel had fractured his right hand. He had played two games this season and had finished with cumulative figures of 77 for 2 in eight overs.
Suchith, nonetheless, is not new to IPL although one cannot say he is too experienced either. Suchith’s only previous full season in the IPL came in 2015 when Mumbai Indians picked him up for his base price of INR 10 lakh. He picked up 10 wickets in 13 matches that season at an economy rate of 8.64. He can also wield the willow while batting lower down the order.
He had just one appearance in 2016, and was even retained the following year but spent it entirely on the bench.
He is now entering the IPL on the back of a good performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy victory with Karnataka. The spinner had picked up 10 wickets in 12 matches and bowled at an exceptional economy rate of 6.55.