Delhi Capitals haven’t been a team that has got a favorites title before an IPL season. But the team’s resurgence in the last few years has been a remarkable one which has made them one of the topmost teams in the IPL currently. The combination of coach Ricky Ponting and captain Shreyas Iyer has given the team fabulous results and they now aim to lift their maiden IPL trophy. They now have a quality pace attack as well as experienced spinners like Ashwin and Axar Patel. In batting, Shikhar Dhawan’s consistency has carried the team forward. The team looks much balanced and have all the bases covered.
DC IPL 2021 team is a balanced one and was in good form before the tournament got suspended. The team played without their regular captain Shreyas Iyer in the first phase. In the absence of Iyer, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant led the team for the first time. The team registered 6 wins and topped the points table. They will have Shreyas Iyer back for the second phase which will boost their confidence and make their line-up even stronger. Pant will keep leading the team in the second phase.
Delhi Capitals IPL 2021 first phase stats
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Delhi Capitals have a strong squad for this season. Let’s have a look at IPL 2021 DC team players list.
Rishabh Pant (C) (wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Avesh Khan, Ishant Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Praveen Dubey, Lalit Yadav, Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Dwarshuis, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Sam Billings (wk), Tom Curran, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Vishnu Vinod, Ripal Patel, Umesh Yadav, Steve Smith.
Delhi Capitals have produced some of their best cricket in the last 3 seasons of IPL. Thus, it made sense to keep the core of squad same as the last year. The team did not make big changes to its squad. The following players were released from IPL 2021 DC squad before the season:
Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes.
The IPL 2021 DC squad is flexible for any condition. They retained their top players who have played a crucial role in the team’s success. There was no big surprise in the list of retained players. Apart from these players, the team bought some big players like Steve Smith and Umesh Yadav.
Rishabh Pant will be DC team 2021 captain for the second phase of IPL 2021 as per the reports. Regular captain Shreyas Iyer missed the first phase because of a shoulder injury but will return for this phase. Iyer became DC’s captain midway through the 2018 season. He is a crucial batsman for the team as well.
Rishabh Pant also led the team in the first phase of IPL 2021. It was for the first time that he was leading a team in IPL. Before this, he had led Delhi in domestic cricket. Pant became the fifth youngest captain in the IPL at the age of 23.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant led DC in the first phase of IPL 2021 and will continue to lead the side in the second phase despite the return of Shreyas Iyer. Under Pant, DC registered 6 wins in 8 matches and topped the table in the first phase. Iyer’s availability is a huge positive for the team as he has also been a successful captain for them. He was also seen practicing in ICC Academy, Dubai.
DC played 8 matches in the first phase of IPL 2021. They registered 6 wins and lost 2 matches and are the table toppers currently. The Capitals are on the brink of qualification for the playoffs and a couple more wins can see them through. With Iyer and Ashwin back in the squad, they look a strong and well balanced side. They will be one of the biggest contenders to lift the trophy this time around.
There were some interesting buys by Delhi Capitals this season. Here’s the list of players bought by DC in IPL 2021 auction:
Delhi Capitals is one of the three teams in IPL history which is yet to win a trophy. The team has had some high profile players like Sehwag, Gambhir, Dilshan and McGrath. But they haven’t performed as a unit. DC has reached the knock-out stages 5 out of 13 times. From the last 4 seasons, Delhi’s performance has significantly improved and they have emerged as one of the top teams of IPL. They reached their first final in IPL 2020 where they lost to Mumbai Indians. This time, they sit at the top of the points table after the first phase and are one of the topmost contenders to win the IPL 2021.