IPL 2021 Preview: Delhi Capitals (DC)
Over the last couple of seasons, the Delhi Capitals have become one of the teams to beat in the Indian Premier League. It seems that rebranding has done wonders for them as they have made the playoffs consecutive times in the last two IPL editions.
Not just in the way they play their cricket, their leadership too has been the most reliable across all teams in the tournament history.
With an extremely loyal fanbase, DC remains one of the most exciting teams to watch. This means that Delhi Capitals betting is quite a lucrative option for fans world over to punt their way to the top. Let us check the IPL betting markets available exclusively on Delhi Capitals.
Delhi Capitals at IPL 2021: The story so far
Current Position: 1st
In some ways, the postponement of the IPL couldn’t have come at a worse time. Delhi were flying after eight matches, with six wins and just two defeats. They were top of the table, two points clear of CSK, admittedly with a game in hand.
As you’d expect, those wins were down to good all-around team efforts. But that’s not to say that certain players haven’t shone on an individual basis. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have given the team fast starts and they’ve scored 380 and 308 runs respectively. Both have three fifties so far in eight games and Dhawan is currently the IPL’s top runscorer. Stand-in skipper Rishabh Pant has also added 213 runs from the middle-order, including two fifties.
With the ball, Axar Patel and Kagiso Rabada have shown their value but the stand-out bowler has been Avesh Khan. With 14 wickets in eight games, he’s taking almost two a game. That puts him joint-second for most wickets alongside Chris Morris and three behind Harshal Patel of RCB.
Delhi Capitals at IPL 2021: What might happen next?
There is some good news for the Capitals as well. Having missed the first half of the IPL season with an injury, DC now have the skipper Shreyas Iyer available. He used the months off since the suspension of the IPL to get himself fit and is now raring to go. The added bonus is that it means Pant can be relieved of captaincy duties.
It’s worth remembering DC were very good in the UAE last year, only losing in the final. So, in this sense, they won’t worry too much about the change of venue. English trio Chris Woakes, Tom Curran, and Sam Billings were all due to miss the second half of the IPL on England duty but are now available to DC after England’s tour to Bangladesh was postponed. It’s a big boost because Woakes in particular is a big player for them.
Verdict: Should at least make the final.
Delhi Capitals Betting Preview
The Delhi Capitals missed out on their maiden IPL title last year in the UAE, falling to the might of Mumbai Indians in the summit clash. It can be easily anticipated that they will come out hungrier, nastier, and more threatening this time to go one better.
What worked for Delhi last season was their striking ability with the ball as the duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje made the speed guns dizzy with sheer pace, troubling batting line-ups across the league.
What goes in favour for the Capitals this season is that three of their main players have showcased good form in red-ball cricket. All in all, captain Shreyas Iyer, who led the team by example last season, will have proven operators around him to get the job done. Expectations will be sky high this time from DC, purely due to the talent and form at display by most of their players coming into the 2021 season.
Odds On Delhi Capitals To Win IPL 2021
Betway currently has the Delhi Capitals at IPL odds of 3.75 to win the 2021 season, for what would be the first time in their history.
Let’s see if Delhi can finish the job when the IPL action resumes on September 19.
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Delhi Capitals Betting Tips
Delhi Capitals are not a team with too much star power like the Virat Kohli’s, the MS Dhoni’s, and the Rohit Sharma’s. Nor do they have batting behemoths like Suresh Raina or David Warner with tons of IPL runs behind them. But they exude quality through a strong and young core group around which the team works.
While figuring out where and on what to put money on when it comes to DC, consider their Indian top-order. Shikhar Dhawan amassed 619 runs last season at an average of 44.00, a strike rate of 144 with two centuries and four fifties. Dhawan, who should be a favorite for the most runs in the tournament bet, invariably gave DC a solid start and had crucial partnerships with captain Iyer which used to set the base for Stoinis to tee off towards the end overs. Their bundle of talent in Shaw and Pant didn’t actually set the tournament alight as they were woefully out of form for most parts of the league.
However, it would be foolhardy to think that they won’t deliver for the second successive time.
The Rise Of Rishabh Pant
Pant, who started off 2021 with a bang, securing back-to-back Test series wins, should be the cynosure of all eyes among DC batsmen. Expectations are skyrocketing from him as he displays his repertoire of audacious strokeplay. The left-handed wicket-keeper batsman could be a punter’s delight in the 2021 IPL.
Axar Patel and R Ashwin, along with Rabada and Nortje will once again form an able core of the bowling unit and imagine them taking their game to the next level. Axar had the best economy rate for DC last season at 6.41 and together with Ashwin, combined for 22 wickets. Rabada and Nortje did bulk of the damage though, sharing 52 wickets between them in the 2020 season.
To back up the overseas pacers, DC have a strong Indian presence in the pace department with Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav both fit and raring to go.
Delhi Capitals team news
Where many teams splurged plenty of crores at the 2021 Players’ Auction, the Capitals didn’t spend too much. In fact, they go hold of eight players by shelling out just INR 11.25 crore at the auction table this year. England’s fast-bowling all-rounder Tom Curran was DC’s most expensive buy at INR 5.25 crore.
The most notable buy for the Capitals was Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith, who was sold to them for a surprising INR 2.20 crore after not many teams seemed keen to get his services. The third overseas player Delhi used their purse for was England’s Sam Billings, who can double up as a wicket-keeper. They also snapped up pacy swing bowler Umesh Yadav for INR 1 crore which was considered a good buy. Other Indian players they went for were Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Hussain Meriwala and M Siddharth.
Players who parted ways with DC were Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma and Jason Roy.
Here’s what their team make-up for 2021 looks like:
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shimron Hetmyer, Steve Smith
Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran
Rishabh Pant, Vishnu Vinod, Sam Billings
Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Ripal Patel, Lukman Meriwala, Manimaran Siddharth, Praveen Dubey
DC’s Projected XI
Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Rishabh Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje
Delhi Capitals: Team Strengths
Undoubtedly, their rip-roaring and effective pace attack is DC’s biggest strength coming into the 2021 IPL season. It has only been bolstered by fit Ishant and Umesh who add a lot of stability within the fast-bowling department. They provide a genuine backup if either Rabada or Nortje have a bad day on the field.
A lot of credit must be given to the Capitals’ support staff led by head coach Ricky Ponting who has been the brains behind a lot of moves Shreyas Iyer does on the field. An in-form Rishabh Pant could spell doomsday for the bowlers and the same can be said for Prithvi Shaw. If both have a good IPL, rest assured Delhi would do well.
Delhi Capitals: TEAM Weaknesses
One of the weaknesses that can be mentioned about the Capitals is that they tend to lose too many wickets in one go, thanks to their daring batting style and technique of run-making. The DC batsmen would want to guard against that this season if they want to fulfill the odds given to them for doing well.
Another drawback that they have is that though their pace bowlers take a lot of wickets, they also tend to be a little more expensive. Also, apart from Stoinis in the middle order, there are no quality all-rounders that can do well with the bat for them.
There is the absence of part-time bowlers as 4-5 players in the top-6 are specialist batsmen or wicket-keepers. Therefore, if one or two bowlers have a bad day in the field, the Capitals will end up conceding plenty of runs.
Delhi Capitals IPL history and record
Delhi Capitals Fast Facts
- Owners: GMR Group (50%), JSW Group (50%)
- Founded: 2008 as Delhi Daredevils
- Head Coach: Ricky Ponting
- Assistant Coaches: Mohd. Kaif and Praveen Amre
- Home ground: Arun Jaitley Stadium, formerly Feroz Shah Kotla
DELHI CAPITALS: TEAM HISTORY
Delhi Capitals were known as Delhi Daredevils before they rebranded themselves before the 2019 season auction. The team has had some of the best Indian and foreign players in the squads, but they have been underachievers throughout most of the Indian Premier League’s history.
Delhi made their debut in the inaugural IPL 2008 season under the captaincy of legendary Indian batsman Virender Sehwag. The Capitals made the semi-finals where they lost to eventual champions Rajasthan Royals. Delhi consolidated on the previous year’s performance and topped the preliminary stage in 2009, but they couldn’t continue their momentum into the knockout stage and finished third after losing a semi-final match against the Deccan Chargers.
DC slipped to the fifth position in 2010 season and hit the rock bottom in 2011, finishing 10th. Sehwag stepped down as captain and passed his baton to the Sri Lankan great Mahela Jayawardene in 2012. Delhi switched gears under his leadership and finished third. The team, however, soon ran out of steam and couldn’t notch a top-five finish over the next six seasons.
Delhi exited the lean patch last season under Iyer’s captaincy, advancing to the knockout stage. Dhawan, Pant, Shaw, and Iyer played some of their best innings to keep the team on victory path in the first knockout match before the Capitals dropped out of title contention with a loss to Chennai.
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