IPL 2020 Preview: Delhi Capitals

They are an old and established franchise, but for 2019, the Delhi Capitals are here with a new name. Traditionally, this side has struggled in the competition, so the old Daredevils tag has been ditched. It’s now hoped that their new title will bring a change in fortunes.

A lot of the personnel within the squad have also changed. So, let’s take a look at Delhi and consider their chances of competing with the other IPL teams in 2019.

What are Delhi Capitals Odds to win the 2019 IPL title?

There are eight franchises involved in the 2019 IPL, with Delhi Capitals seventh favourites at odds of 9.00 with Betway. In fact, only Kings XI Punjab carry a longer price. So is it possible for that price to be upset. And are the Capitals an interesting prospect in the IPL betting markets for 2019?

History certainly isn’t on their side. No Delhi squad has ever got to an IPL final, and the last time they reached the playoffs was back in 2012. If that trend is to end, who are the players who can bring success in 2019?

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Who are the best players on the Delhi Capitals squad?

Delhi come to IPL 12 with a mix of youth and experience. And as they have done for many years, the owners have changed things around at the auction. Shikhar Dhawan is, by far, the best batsman on the roster and a player who made a welcome return to form in India’s ODI series with New Zealand. At 19, Prithvi Shaw is much younger. Nevertheless, he has already made an impression in IPL cricket and with the national side.

Rishabh Pant is the exciting wicket keeper batsman. Meanwhile, Hanuma Vihari arrives to bring more class to the top order. Overseas batters Colin Ingram and Colin Munro will also be available. However, they may be fighting for just one place due to the restriction on players from outside India.

In the bowling department, left armer Trent Boult is one of the best exponents of swing in world cricket. He will look to team up with the experienced Ishant Sharma. There is, however, plenty of excitement around Kagiso Rabada who will offer pace first up. Meanwhile, Sandeep Lamichhane will employ his mystery spin to tie up batters in the middle overs.

It looks an impressive line up. If you’re looking for an IPL Satta online, 2019 might just be the year for the Delhi Capitals.

Who are the highest paid players in the Delhi Capitals squad?

The salaries of some of the retained players at Delhi Capitals are quite small when compared to other IPL teams. Amit Mishra is a good example here with a figure of $556,000, followed by Rahul Tewatia on $417,000.

The salaries for some of the big overseas players are quite low, too. Trent Boult registers at $306,000 and Colin Munro at $264,000. In terms of the domestic squad members, Rishabh Pant is the only man to head over the 1 million dollar mark. The exciting keeper batsman commands $1.1 million, closely followed by Shreyas Iyer and Chris Morris. Shikhar Dhawan’s salary comes in at $724,000, no doubt to the surprise of some fans.

Delhi Capitals History

Delhi have been involved, as the Delhi Daredevils, since the Indian Premier League began back in 2008. A history of underachievement means that they haven’t always been taken seriously in the online cricket betting markets. In fact, they have yet to win the title.

Delhi’s best season came in 2009 when Gautam Gambhir led the side to the top of the groups during the regular season. Unfortunately, they couldn’t carry that record through the knockouts. Deccan Chargers eliminated them in the semi finals.

At that stage, Delhi Daredevils employed a powerful squad that included Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, AB De Villiers and Dirk Nannes. But they would have to wait until 2012 before making it out of the groups once again. IPL 5 saw Delhi top the groups with 22 points from 16 matches. However, this time the team were eliminated in the Preliminary knockout match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Since then, it’s been a series of disappointments and some bottom of the table finishes for this franchise. As we can see from the overall IPL performance table, Delhi have been largely disappointing during the first 11 editions of the Indian Premier League. As such, the markets have usually ignored them.

Are the IPL 2019 odds tempting? A change of name is unlikely to have an effect on its own. Nonetheless, the auction looks to have been a positive one for the Delhi Capitals. If these talented individuals can gel as a team, they may yet make it beyond the regular season for only the fourth time in their history.

Notable Player Movement

Delhi are one of the busiest franchises at the IPL auction, and this year was no exception. In an attempt to make them more attractive from an online cricket betting point of view, the owners have made a number of changes. The most interesting of these saw Shikhar Dhawan come into the squad. The left hander used to be on the books of the Daredevils and he makes a welcome switch from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Hanuma Vihari could join Dhawan at the top of the order, with the player coming from Sunrisers. Vihari is a thrilling player who has made an impact at international level. And the Capitals’ top order may give them an edge in matka gambling for individual matches.

Left arm spinner Axar Patel joins from Kings XI Punjab and will give the Capitals another bowling option. After a spell away from the tournament, Ishant Sharma’s good bowling form also earns him a recall to the IPL.

In regards to overseas players, Jason Roy misses out this year. But the power hitting South African, Colin Ingram, should be a decent replacement. Ingram can also send down some useful leg spin and will come into the bowling equation. West Indian all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford is an exciting young prospect. He joins up with his compatriot, Keemo Paul.

In terms of exits, three Delhi players were transferred to the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Making the switch to SRH were Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhishek Sharma.

Overall, there have been some interesting purchases at the auction. As a result, some established T20 players are here along with some unknown quantities. Looking at the overall squad in the online IPL betting, 2019 might yet prove to be the year for Delhi Capitals.

Season by Season Record

Here is a list of Delhi’s results in the IPL since the competition began in 2008.

2008: Beaten Semi Finalists
2009: Beaten Semi Finalists
2010: 5th in Group Stage
2011: 10th in Group Stage
2012: Beaten in Preliminary Knockout Round
2013: Ninth in Group Stage
2014: Eighth in Group Stage
2015: Seventh in Group Stage
2016: Sixth in Group Stage
2017: Sixth in Group Stage
2018: Eighth in Group Stage

Notable Facts about the Delhi Capitals

The following facts and statistics were updated at the end of the 2018 Indian Premier League.

Who are the owners of Delhi Capitals?

Two parties currently own the Delhi Capitals in equal measure. The GMR Group has been in sole control for much of the period that Delhi have been around. But in 2018, the position changed.

Ahead of the 2018 IPL, 50 percent of the franchise was sold on to the JSW Group. The partnerships will now be looking for greater success in 2019 and beyond.

Where do Delhi Capitals play?

The home ground of the Capitals is the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi, the second oldest cricket stadium in the whole of India. Most of Delhi Capital’s IPL games are played here. But if there is a need to move for any reason, there are back-up facilities at Raipur.

The Capitals will be hoping that the Feroz Shah Kotla is their regular venue moving forward. That’s because it attracts a noisy and hostile crowd that will always get behind the team. Delhi’s form has been mixed in previous editions of the tournament, though. It’s therefore better to get involved in the IPL betting markets when they are on their home territory.

Delhi Capitals 2019 IPL Complete Fixture List


Date/Time Match Number Opponent Home/Away Venue
Sunday, March 24th, 2019 (Evening) 3 Mumbai Indians Away Wankhede Stadium
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 (Evening) 5 Chennai Super Kings Home Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 (Evening) 10 Kolkata Knight Riders Home Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Monday, April 1st, 2019 (Evening) 13 Kings XI Punjab Away Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
Thursday, April 4th, 2019 (Evening) 16 Sunrisers Hyberbad Home Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Sunday, April 7th, 2019 (Afternoon) 20 Royal Challengers Bangalore Away M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Friday, April 12th, 2019 (Evening) 26 Kolkata Knight Riders Away Eden Gardens
Sunday, April 14th, 2019 (Evening) 30 Sunrisers Hyderabad Away Rajiv Gandhi Stadium
Thursday, April 18th, 2019 (Evening) 34 Mumbai Indians Home Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Thursday, April 20th, 2019 (Evening) 37 Kings XI Punjab Home Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Monday, April 22th, 2019 (Evening) 40 Rajasthan Royals Away Sawai Mansingh Stadium
Sunday, April 26th, 2019 (Evening) 46 Royal Challengers Bangalore Home Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 (Evening) 50 Chennai Super Kings Away M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 (Afternoon) 53 Rajasthan Royals Home Feroz Shah Kotla

Projected 2019 Starting Line Up

If Delhi are going to offer value in the IPL betting for 2019, then they will need to select their starting XI carefully. In 2018, the team kept switching between Jason Roy and Colin Munro at the top of the order. And like all IPL teams, they have difficulty in fielding the best overseas players due to the rules of the competition.

The Capitals are not short of domestic batting talent. So it seems likely that Munro and Colin Ingram will be fighting for one batting place. Meanwhile, the bowling attack will include three overseas players. There are some obvious starters among the domestic players. Others, however, will be rotated. But for those looking to place an IPL Satta online, 2019 should be looking to kick off with the following Delhi starting XI.

1. Shikhar Dhawan
2. Prithvi Shaw
3. Colin Ingram
4. Hanuma Vihari
5. Shreyas Iyer
6. Rishabh Pant
7. Kagiso Rabada
8. Sandeep Lamichhane
9. Ishant Sharma
10. Trent Boult
11. Amit Mishra

The inclusion of Axar Patel for Amit Mishra would strengthen the batting. But how do the Delhi Capitals leave out their record wicket taker? It’s a question that the selectors will need to consider carefully.

Team Strengths

Amit Mishra is the leading wicket taker for Delhi in IPL history. The IPL 2019 odds for top bowler will thus feature the leg spinner quite highly. Along with Sandeep Lamichhane, Mishra will form a potent spin attack while Axar Patel also comes into the reckoning. So slow bowling really is a strength in this squad.

Moreover, Delhi showcase some of the best young Indian players and their form is key to success at IPL 12. Prithvi Shaw is just 19 and Rishabh Pant 21. Shreyas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari are two more powerful young batters who add excitement and fearless cricket to this Delhi Capitals batting lineup.

Team Weaknesses

The squad list for Delhi Capitals looks great and they may seem to be among the strongest IPL teams for 2019. So why do the sportsbooks not fancy them for matka gambling? For some reason, those individuals just don’t ‘click’ as a team. Perhaps a change of leadership will help their cause this year.

Wholesale changes at each auction are unlikely to help. Compare the Delhi Capitals to a side such as Chennai Super Kings, who have fielded the same personnel for many years. A longer period of stability will possible be key to Delhi’s success moving forward.

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