Delhi Capitals (DC) which was earlier known as Delhi Daredevils are one of the three teams including Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore who are yet to win an Indian Premier League title. Last season in IPL 2018, they finished last despite being really impressive with their style of play.
The Delhi-based franchise finished third in the 2012 edition while they appeared in the league semi-finals in the first two editions. Delhi Capitals have to be one of the most eagerly watched teams this time around. Delhi Capitals will start their IPL 2019 campaign against Mumbai Indians on March 24.
DC have traded Shikhar Dhawan from RCB who will prove to be a huge boost in not only providing stability at the top order but also adding experience. The Delhi Capitals spent a whopping amount of Rs 6.4 crore on South African hard hitter Colin Ingram while they have spent Rs 5 crore and Rs 2 crore on Axar Patel and Hanuma Vihari respectively. DC also bagged Ishant Sharma for Rs 1.1 crore.
Here’s a briefing of Delhi Capitals franchise for IPL 12:
- Purse: Rs 25.5 crore
- Remaining: Rs 7.7 crore
- Squad Size: 24
- Captain: Shreyas Iyer
- Players Bought: Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Sherfane Rutherford, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Ankush Bains, Nathu Singh, Bandaru Ayyappa.
- Players Retained: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult.
The South African hard-hitter and right-arm leg spinner Colin Ingram and Indian all-rounders Axar Patel and Hanuma Vihari are bought by the team for IPL 2019. Chris Morris is also capable of contributing with the ball and bat as well. Sherfane Rutherford is a bright prospect from the Windies. Jalaj Saxena and Bandaru Ayyappa will provide the backup options.
Delhi Capitals possess plenty of exciting young Indian batting talent at their disposal. Among the openers, DC will feature Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Colin Munro and Manjot Kalra. The duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw is likely to open the batting line-up for DC. Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram, Ankush Bains will take care of the middle order for the team.
Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Ishant Sharma, Chris Morris will lead the pace bowling attack for the Delhi Capitals while Keemo Paul, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Nathu Singh are the other pace bowling options for the team.
Among the spinners, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Rahul Tewatia will feature for the Delhi Capitals.