Shreyas Iyer Replacement: The Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a major blow ahead of the start of their IPL 2021 campaign with regular captain Shreyas Iyer ruled out of the entire tournament with due to shoulder injury. However, in the recent development, Delhi Capitals have signed Karnataka’s right-handed batsman Aniruddha Joshi as Iyer’s replacement for the ongoing season off the IPL. In the absence of Iyer, the Delhi Capitals team management took a big decision and appointed Rishabh Pant as the new DC captain for IPL 2021.
In 22 T20 matches, Aniruddha Joshi has scored 420 runs at an average of 32.30 and a strike-rate of 127.65. He can also contribute with the ball as he has taken 6 wickets at an economy of 7.40. In IPL 2021, the Delhi Capitals registered a comprehensive 7-wicket victory in their first match against Chennai Super Kings. However, the Rishabh Pant-led team lost their second match to Rajasthan Royals on Thursday.
Apart from adding Aniruddha in the squad, Delhi Capitals have also roped in Shams Mulani as a short-term COVID-19 replacement for Axar Patel who tested positive for the deadly virus before the start of the tournament. The decision is very much in accordance with the guidelines issued by the BCCI under which the IPL’s Player Regulation Rule 6.1 (c) states that a franchise is allowed to sign a short-term replacement player until the original member of the squad recovers and is permitted to enter the bio-bubble. This also means that Mulani will be part of the Delhi Capitals squad until Axar recovers from coronavirus and the left-arm spinner is not eligible to feature in some other franchise this season after leaving the DC squad.
There is yet another good news from the Delhi Capitals camp as their premier overseas pacer Anrich Nortje has tested negative for Covid-19 thrice and has entered the team bio-bubble in Mumbai. Nortje will be available for selection for their next match against Punjab Kings on April 18 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
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