Delhi Capitals are the only team out of the current eight teams in the Indian Premier League to never play in the final. Their change of name from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals before the 2019 season brought them some luck as they qualified for the Play-offs after a long gap of seven years. After various permutations and combinations over the last few years, it looks like they finally found a near-perfect combination and are expected to deliver another strong performance in UAE during IPL 2020. Let’s take a look at the Strength and Weakness of Delhi Capitals in UAE for IPL 2020.
Shreyas Iyer (C), Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Daniel Sams, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Anrich Nortje, Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer, Tushar Deshpande
Strength and Weakness of Delhi Capitals in UAE
The Capitals have a good mix of Indian and Overseas stars. Although two of their first-choice stars in Jason Roy and Chris Woakes have withdrawn already and are replaced by two more seam bowling options in Anrich Nortje and Daniel Sams. Kagiso Rabada will be their first-choice overseas player and expected to deliver both at the powerplay and death. Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul, both will come from a successful CPL and will be key members in the squad. In other years, Sandeep Lamichhane did not get featured regularly but this time after a good CPL, where he got more than 10 wickets, can be a regular in this Capital’s outfit especially considering the conditions in UAE.
Indian Key Players
Delhi Capitals has a strong Indian contingent. At the top of the order, they have four regular Indian stars to pick from which includes Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, and Ajinkya Rahane. Rishabh Pant is a match-winner and will look to prove his credentials once again to stake his claim for the Indian national team. Their acquisition of Ravichandra Ashwin from Kings XI Punjab is an important one. The Indian off-spinner will be a key part of the leadership team apart from adding value as one of the best off-spinners in the world. They have another experienced campaigner in Ishant Sharma who will depend on his variations in the slightly lesser helpful conditions of UAE.
Best XI for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020
Shikha Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravi Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma.