Delhi Capitals have found a good rhythm after changing the name of the franchise and have entered the playoffs in the last two IPL seasons despite not being able to win the trophy. Delhi Capitals lost to the Mumbai Indians in their maiden IPL finals and the new captain Shreyas Iyer looks a bright prospect for India’s future.
Delhi Capitals roped in former Australian captain Steve Smith and Indian speedster Umesh Yadav in the IPL Auction to bolster their squad. They also added Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Sam Billings, Tom Curran to the team ahead of the IPL 2021.
IPL 2021: 5 Reasons Why Delhi Capitals (DC) Can Win The Title This Year:
5. Openers’ Form
Delhi Capitals have one of the best opening pairs in Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw but the duo has failed to produce consistent opening stands. Dhawan had an excellent season in the last IPL where he finished as the second-highest run-getter with 618 runs in 17 games.
Prithvi Shaw’s poor technique against inswinging deliveries left a big question mark on his talent and failed to get going in last year’s IPL after a good start. He recently has been excellent in the Vijay Hazare Trophy where he scored the highest individual score of 227 in the tournament history and Delhi will rely on Prithvi to provide good starts for the side.
4. Strong Indian Core
Delhi Capitals have a strong Indian core consisting of Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Iyer, Pant, Ashwin, Axar, Ishant while the likes of Rahane, Mishra, and Umesh Yadav will be waiting in the wings for an opportunity. The Indian internationals provide a great advantage to the franchise will picking the XI.
Teams with a strong Indian core like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have always been consistent with their performances in the IPL and Delhi Capitals will be hoping to win the title this year.
3. South African Pace Combination
Kagiso Rabada has been by far the best bowler for the Delhi Capitals in their last three years. He won the purple cap in the 2020 IPL with 30 wickets which is the highest for any season. He was also the second-highest wicket-taker in the 2019 IPL which shows the wicket-taking ability in him.
Anrich Nortje who came as a replacement for Chris Woakes last year was excellent with the ball in the 2020 IPL and finished as the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 22 wickets. The proteas pace contingent has worked really well for the Delhi Capitals so far.
2. Brillant Spin Attack
Delhi Capitals have a brilliant spin attack comprising of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Amit Mishra who are all proven customers in the IPL circuit already. Ashwin and Axar had an excellent season last year and turned out to be very economical.
Both Ashwin and Axar can bowl with the new ball which is an added advantage and Mishra can turn a web around with his leg-spin. Mishra is just 10 wickets away from surpassing Lasith Malinga to being the highest wicket-taker in the tournament history.
1.Rishabh Pant Factor
Rishabh Pant did not have the best of seasons in the IPL 2020 and was dropped from the Indian limited-overs squad. But recently he has improved his wicket keeping as well as found his form in the test series and has earned his place in the limited-overs squad again.
He is a unique talent and has had an excellent start to his IPL career. He scored a mammoth of runs for the Delhi Capitals in 2018 and proved to be a match-winner. His form will certainly be crucial to Delhi Capitals’ success.