IPL 2022 mega auctions will revamp the structure of all the franchise teams for the next edition of the Indian Premier League.
As the IPL Governing Council has allowed each franchise to retain a maximum of four players, most of the franchises utilised the provision to keep their premium players for a longer duration.
A total of 27 players were retained in the retention list by the eight existing teams.
Ace players like Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson have been retained by their respective teams ahead of the mega auction in 2022.
Delhi Capitals retained wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant, opener Prithvi Shaw, all-rounder Axar Patel and South African pacer Anrich Nortje for IPL 2022.
There were negotiations held between the team and their former skipper Shreyas Iyer but that didn’t work out. Iyer suffered a shoulder injury during international duty for India and hence was ruled out for IPL 2021.
Pant was named captain in the Mumbai batter’s absence but Iyer returned for the second leg of the tournament in UAE to continue only as a player.
Apart from Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada and Shimron Hetmyer were also released by the franchise.
For the last three years, the Capitals have made a habit of making it through playoffs but have failed to win their maiden IPL cup. The team management led by Australia’s Ricky Ponting will have to carefully plan their auction strategy.
Let us look at the five potential players Delhi Capitals might bid for in the IPL 2022 auction.
IPL 2022 Auction: 5 Players Delhi Capitals (DC) Can Target For
5) Shreyas Iyer
Iyer is the reason behind Delhi Capitals resurgence after he took over the captaincy duties from Gautam Gambhir in IPL 2018.
In IPL 2019, the Delhi franchise qualified for the playoffs after a hiatus of seven years and the next year they made their maiden appearance in a final, where they lost to Mumbai Indians.
With 2375 runs from 87 IPL games, Iyer is the third-highest run-scorer of the franchise behind Virender Sehwag (2382) and Rishabh Pant (2498).
Capitals might push hard during the auction to get back the Mumbai batter in their side.