Delhi Capitals, it looks a proper Indian XI on paper with a combination of youth, aggression, experience and amazing talent. They have made a perfect team by investing in youth in form of Shreyas Iyer as captain, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw or even in form of experience in the form of Shikar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Amit Sharma and then the latest transfers in form of Ajinkya Rahane (who I don’t know where will be playing but always a joy to watch) and the skillful Ravichandran Ashwin, not to forget Axar Patel as an all-rounder. So team looks an ideal Indian XI sans overseas players but it is Indian Premier League, so there will be foreign touch in the team be it in the form of coaches or even players. So Delhi has acquired in the auction & transfers the international talent in form of Alex Carrey, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis and replacement players in form of Anrich Nortje and Daniel Sams, not to forget the retention of previous year in form of Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul and Sandeep Lamichhane.
What is Delhi Capital’s chances this year. I will say pretty high because all the boxes look ticked for them in the form of dangerous openers, strong middle order and even a decent bowling line up especially the spin options available. The coaching staff in the last year gave Delhi Capital the right direction and the team reached the playoff after a long period. With Shreyas Iyer, the young captain who has by now understood the traits of being a captain and the experience of one of the best and aggressive captain Ricky Ponting in form of coach, the team can cross a long distance and can lay its hand on the silverware for the 1st time. The only weak point with this team is the aggressive attitude of this team which in the past have seen them losing matches which should have been counted as victory in their books. Delhi Capitals need to make players responsible especially the youngsters about their role and the seniors supporting them to achieve the common goal of winning the tournament for the 1st time.
Lets try to make a playing Eleven for this team!
Openers - The left-hand right combination of Shikar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw are no doubt the 1st contender to start the opening for the team, leaving little hope for Ajinkya Rahane to open. What the team will be looking for will be good start and some good innings by Shaw at the top in his natural way along with Dhawan the supporter.
Middle Order - If not to open, the team decides to play Ajinkya Rahane he has to be the No. 3 for the team who can handle the situation if Delhi Capital are in early trouble. No 4 should be the captain himself Shreyas Iyer who has made this position for himself in the national team. The next at No. 5 is the carefree, orthodex wicketkeeper batsman in form of Rishabh Pant who can be a floater too if the team wants to change the complexion of the game with the bat. No. 6 could be Marcus Stoinis or even Shimron Hetmyer with No.7 Axar Patel coming to bat in the final few overs of the innings.
Tail - Ravichandran Ashwin will make in the playing eleven directly and so will be Kagiso Rabada as the strike bowler. The fast bowling options available will make them have a tough call to be made in form of Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma and Anrich Nortje. Sandeep Lamichhane may make to the squad in some matches whereas the legend of IPL who is not that recognised as Amit Mishra will be the front runner for a place in the team.
So wishing Delhi Capitals all the best and let's hope they lift the trophy for the 1st time in the history of the tournament.