Delhi Capitals (DC) bought five players in the IPL 2023 auction from their remaining purse of 19.45 crore. After the auction they still had 9.05 crores remaining and they had managed to complete a squad of 25 players. The franchise retained 20 players and released four players after IPL 2022. The Capitals finished fifth in the points table and failed to make the knockouts after losing their final league match to Mumbai Indians.
DC had all their bases covered and entered the auction to buy backups for their premier playing XI. The Capitals also had the least number of slots to fill. The franchise was on the lookout for an Indian all-rounder to replace Shardul Thakur after he was traded to KKR. They will also be on the lookout for a wicketkeeper after releasing KS Bharat and Tim Seifert during the retention window.
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They were also on the lookout for good quality middle-order batsman given the injury concerns with Mitchell Marsh and the indifferent form of Rovman Powell. The franchise also required an experienced Indian pacer with several young Indian pacers on the side. Like all the franchises, they also targeted one among Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, and Cameron Green but failed to get anyone of them.
Delhi will be missing Rishabh Pant in IPL 2023 who was ruled out of the season after suffering a horrific injury on December 30. He is now ruled out for most of 2023 and will be missing the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, The IPL 2023 and also possibly the World Cup later this year.
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Ricky Ponting, Delhi’s head coach is now worried on who will replace Pant behind the stumps and also as the skipper. There are a few options available and the management is expected to name their next captain soon. In this article, we take look at three worst buys for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023.
IPL 2023: 3 Worst Buys By Delhi Capitals (DC) In The Auction
Manish Pandey was released by Luckow Supergiants after IPL 2022 after he did not have a good season with the newcomers last season. Delhi bagged him for 2.4 crores and added yet another middle-order batter to their squad. Pandey generally bats at number four. In the absence of Pant, he might have been the option but the management might find it difficult to go past Sarfaraz Khan in the lineup after his recent exploits in domestic cricket.
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