Delhi Capitals invited Steve Smith to their team in IPL 2021 auction, and the Australia cricketer will give great support to skipper Shreyas Iyer. Delhi Capitals failed to lift the trophy in IPL 2020, after losing to Mumbai Indians in the finals. However, the team gave its best performance ever in the last season.
With the addition of big names like Steve Smith, Tom Curran and Sam Billings in the team during the IPL 2021 auction, Delhi Capitals will emerge as a stronger team in IPL 2021 tournament. Delhi Capitals is expected to play the first match of IPL 2021 against Mumbai Indians, however, the official announcement is awaited. As Delhi Capitals has toughened their squad after IPL 2021 auction, here we look at the best predicted 11 for the franchisee in the first match in IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: Best Predicted XI Of Delhi Capitals (DC)
Shikhar Dhawan smashed two centuries in the last edition of IPL and he was also the 2nd highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 with 618 runs. Dhawan smashed 2 centuries and 4 half-centuries in the tournament. With a strike rate of 144+ in the last season, he has proved his worth as an opener. He should be given a chance in the first match of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021.
Shimron Hetmyer will be good as the other opener for Delhi Capitals. Shimron Hyetmer didn’t score much in the last edition, but he will be a better option than Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane to open the innings. He had the best strike of 148+ among all DC batsmen and will be a trustworthy batsman if the other opener Shikhar Dhawan fails to go big in the match.
Since Delhi Capitals has Steve Smith in the team, it will be no sense to drop him for the first match. Steve Smith will strengthen the middle order for Delhi Capitals and his captainship skills will also help Shyeras Iyer in the match. Steve Smith has been in great form in recent time and he will be all set to start his new journey in Delhi Capitals.
Shreyas Iyer has done a great job as a skipper for Delhi Daredevils. Under his captainship, Delhi Capitals rose from a weak team to become the finalist in IPL 2020. Right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer was the fourth-highest run-getter in IPL 2020 with 519 runs in 17 innings. His three half-centuries in the tournament also helped Delhi Capitals to seal crucial victories. He is the perfect man to lead the team in IPL 2021.
Rishabh Pant has emerged himself as the best option as a wicket-keeper after the departure of MS Dhoni from international cricket. His performance in India vs Australia Border Gavaskar trophy 2020-21 has proved that he has a great ability with the bat in pressure situations. Rishabh Pant is also the best wicket-keeper option for Delhi Daredevils and he should keep the stumps in DC’s first game.
Delhi Capitals spend Rs. 5.25 crore to induct the English all-rounder in their team. Giving him chance in the first match will boost his confidence in the team. Also, being an all-rounder, Tom Curran will be an added advantage in the bowling zone. While playing for Rajasthan Royals last season Tom Curran played 4 innings, in which he hit a fifty (54*) in one game. He has a good batting strike rate of 133+. Adding Tom Curran in the team will benefit both the batting and bowling department.
Ravichandran’s Ashwin’s dominance in spin bowling is something that can’t be unnoticed. In IPL 2020, Ashwin took 13 wickets in 15 games but his economy (7.66) was very good. In 2021, he has emerged a more dangerous spin bowler for India, which was evident against Australia and England series. So, he will be a great choice for Delhi Capitals in the first game.
Axar Patel will help Ravichandran Ashwin in the spin attack. Axar Patel had the best bowling economy among Delhi Capitals’ bowlers in IPL 2020. In his Test debut against England, he took 7 wickets to dismantle the English batsmen in India vs England 2nd Test 2019. His addition will fortify Delhi Capitals’ spin attack in IPL 2021.
Umesh Yadav became a part of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021 auction after the franchisee bought him for Rs. 1 crore. Umesh Yadav has great pace in his bowling. The right-handed bowler will be eager to showcase his bowling skills for his new franchisee. Therefore, Delhi Capitals should give him a chance in the very first game.
Lukman Meriwala was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs. 20 lakh in IPL 2021. The left-arm pacer will be a good option as Ishant Sharma is already out of form. Being a left-arm pacer, Lukman Meriwala will give a different angle in the pace bowling. It will be great to give him a chance in the first game as opposition batsmen will be unaware of his bowling style.
Kagiso Rabada is the most prominent bowler for Delhi Capitals. He was the key player to help Delhi Capitals reach the finals in IPL 2020. Bagging maximum of 30 wickets in 17 games, Rabada became the purple cap winner in the last season. He will be needed to lead the bowling attack from the front and thus, he should be part of the playing 11.