The Delhi Capitals had a successful season in the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Delhi finished as the second runner-up, losing to CSK in the second qualifier. It is after 7 years that the franchise made its appearance in the playoffs.
Delhi has featured in the IPL ever since its inauguration in 2008. The side is currently owned by the GMR and JSW group. It is captained by Shreyas Iyer with Ricky Ponting as the coach.
Delhi has always believed in young talent and promoted it. Players such as Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant are examples of the same. Subsequently, it has also worked on building an Indian core. Having an Indian core was one of the major keys to their success in 2019.
Delhi Capitals has begun its preparation ahead of the 2020 auctions. The auction is set to take place on 19th December. They have already traded leg-spinner Mayank Markande from Mumbai Indians. He was traded for all-rounder Sherfane Rutherford. Most recently, they have also acquired the services of spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from KXIP.
Here is the list of 3 players Delhi might release ahead of the 2020 auctions:
The South-African southpaw was bought by Delhi for a big amount of INR 6.4 Crores. He displayed good form in domestic tournaments. He was a crucial member of the Adelaide Strikers who won their maiden BBL. Playing for Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2018, he scored 243 runs at an average of 34.71 and strike-rate of 140+. However, he has failed to replicate the form in IPL. In 2019, he scored only 184 runs from 12 games at a poor average of 18.4 and strike-rate of 119.48. Failure to justify his price-tag would be the reason Delhi could part ways with him.
The New Zealand batsman has been a big name in T20 cricket. He was the highest run-scorer in the World in T20s in 2018. With 1530 runs at a strike-rate of 151, he was in red-hot form. Delhi bought him for INR 1.9 Crores in 2018. However, he failed to deliver as expected. He was retained in 2019 but once again had a miserable season. Just 84 runs from 4 matches at an average of 21 and poor strike-rate of 120 do not justify his calibre. Continuous failures in a couple of seasons would mean Delhi will surely look beyond him in the upcoming season.
Hanuma Vihari does not seem to fit in the Capital’s scheme of things. He had a good run in test cricket which brought him into the limelight. Looking at his form and experience, Delhi bought him for INR 2 Crores. However, he failed to convert the form in the T20 format. He managed just 4 runs from 2 games at an average of 2 and strike-rate of 50. Delhi will look to release him and bring in new talent ahead of the 2020 season.
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