Delhi Capitals (DC) were one of the strongest sides in last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) season as they finished as runner-up after a strong league phase. It was only Mumbai Indians (MI) who managed to better them both in the league as well as the knockout stages.
The young side led by Shreyas Iyer was in terrific touch throughout the tournament as they were led ably by the enigmatic Ricky Ponting. The former Australian captain assisted by Mohammad Kaif was instrumental in how he marshalled his players and put them on the cusp of glory.
In the 2021 edition of the IPL, DC will want to go one better and clinch the title for the first time ever in their history. Having retained a huge chunk of their players and made some key signings, they will fancy their chances of doing so.
Delhi Capitals: Team Overview
Let’s take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the franchise.
Delhi Capitals have a terrific mix of youth and experience. The core of Indian batters like Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant coupled with the Australian duo of Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis will be a force to reckon with. Similarly, the bowling attack led by last year’s purple cap winner Kagiso Rabada and the spin attack consisting of Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin would definitely be effective.
There aren’t a lot of weaknesses for the squad as such. An overdependence on the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje to come good at the death might hurt the side at times. Similarly, if the core of Indian batters go through rough patches like they did last year when Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane couldn’t perform well, it could affect the side.
Delhi Capitals Season-Wise Performance
|Year||Captain||Result||Top Batsman||Runs||Top Bowler||Wickets|
|2020||Shreyas Iyer||2nd||Shikhar Dhawan||618||Kagiso Rabada||30|
|2019||Shreyas Iyer||3rd||Shikhar Dhawan||521||Kagiso Rabada||25|
|2018||Shreyas Iyer||8th||Rishabh Pant||684||Trent Boult||18|
|2017||Zaheer Khan||6th||Sanju Samson||386||Pat Cummins||15|
|2016||JP Duminy||6th||Quinton de Kock||454||Chris Morris||13|
|2015||Kevin Pietersen||7th||JP Duminy||414||Imran Tahir||15|
|2014||David Warner||8th||JP Duminy||410||Imran Tahir||9|
|2013||Ross Taylor||9th||David Warner||410||Umesh Yadav||16|
|2012||Mahela Jayawardene||3rd||Virender Sehwag||495||Morne Morkel||25|
|2011||James Hopes||10th||Virender Sehwag||424||Morne Morkel||13|
|2010||Dinesh Karthik||5th||Virender Sehwag||356||Amit Mishra||17|
|2009||Gautam Gambhir||3rd||AB de Villiers||465||Ashish Nehra||19|
|2008||Virendra Sehwag||4th||Gautam Gambhir||534||Yo Mahesh||16|
Delhi Capitals: Team Stats
- Most Runs: Shikhar Dhawan – 5197
- Most 100s: Shikhar Dhawan – 2
- Most Fifties: Shikhar Dhawan- 41
- Best Batting Average: Rishabh Pant- 35.23
- Best Strike Rate: Rishabh Pant- 151.97
- Most 6s : Shikhar Dhawan- 108
- Highest Individual Score: Rishabh Pant- 128*
- Most Wickets: Amit Mishra – 160
- Best Bowling Figures: Amit Mishra – 5/17
- Most five-wicket hauls: Amit Mishra – 1
- Most four-wicket hauls: Amit Mishra – 3
Here is the List of Delhi Capitals IPL 2021 fixtures, venues and match timings
|Date and day||Match||Time||Venue|
|10 April Saturday||CHENNAI SUPER KINGS Vs DELHI CAPITALS||7:30pm||Mumbai|
|15 April Thursday||RAJASTHAN ROYALS VS DELHI CAPITALS||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|18 April Sunday||DELHI CAPITALS VS PUNJAB KINGS||7:30 pm||Mumbai|
|20 April Tuesday||DELHI CAPITALS VS MUMBAI INDIANS||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|25 April Sunday||DELHI CAPITALS VS SUNRISERS HYDERABAD||7:30 pm||Chennai|
|27 April Tuesday||DELHI CAPITALS VS ROYAL CHALENGERS BANGLORE||7:30 pm||Ahemdabad|
|29 April Thursday||DELHI CAPITALS VS KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS||7:30 pm||Ahemdabad|
|2 May Sunday||PUNJAB KINGS VS DELHI CAPITALS||7:30 pm||Ahemdabad|
|8 May Saturday||DELHI CAPITALS VS KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS||3:30 pm||Ahemdabad|
|11 May Tuesday||DELHI CAPITALS VS RAJASTHAN ROYALS||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|14 May Friday||ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE VS DELHI CAPITALS||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|17 May Monday||SUNRISERS HYDERABAD VS DELHI CAPITALS||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|21 May Friday||CHENNAI SUPER KINGS VS DELHI CAPITALS||7:30 pm||Kolkata|
|23 May Sunday||DELHI CAPITALS VS MUMBAI INDIANS||3:30 pm||Kolkata|
Delhi Capitals: 2021 Auction Buys and Trades
Complete list of players released
Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma and Jason Roy.
Complete List Of Players Bought At Auction
Tom Curran (All-Rounder)- Rs. 5.25 crore, Steven Smith (Batsman)- Rs. 2.2 crore, Sam Billings (Wicket-Keeper)- Rs. 2 crore, Umesh Yadav (Bowler)- Rs. 1 Crore, Ripal Patel (All-Rounder)- Rs. 20 Lakh, Vishnu Vinod (Wicket-Keeper) – Rs. 20 Lakh, Lukman Hussain Meriwala (Bowler) – Rs. 20 Lakh, M Siddharth (Bowler) – Rs. 20 Lakh.
Delhi Capitals Full Squad for 2021
Full Squad: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Praveen Dubey, Lalit Yadav, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Vishnu Vinod, Ripal Patel, Umesh Yadav, Steve Smith.