The Delhi Capitals had a breakthrough season in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL). They made the playoffs for the first time in the last 7 years.
The biggest takeaway of the season was its Indian core delivering. Prithvi Shaw (353 runs), Shikhar Dhawan (521 runs), Shreyas Iyer (463 runs), Rishabh Pant (488 runs) – all had a great season. Bowlers Ishant Sharma (13 wickets) and Amit Mishra (11 wickets) also put up a good performance. This was the primary reason due to which Delhi had a successful campaign.
Foreign power disappointed Delhi last season
South Africa pacer Kagiso Rabada was also at his lethal best picking 25 wickets. However, he was the only foreign player who could leave a mark. This was probably the reason due to which Delhi failed to go the extra mile. They ended up finishing third, as the second runner-ups.
Their biggest all-rounder in Chris Morris failed to deliver as expected. He could manage only 32 runs with the bat. However, he was handy with the ball grabbing 13 wickets. With his performance not justifying his price tag, he had to be released. The likes of Colin Munro, Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford and Trent Boult also failed. As a result, they were either released or traded off.
Ashwin, Rahane will bolster the Indian core
Delhi Capitals seem to have strengthened its Indian core furthermore in the trading window. They first acquired the services of prime spinner Ravichandran Ashwin from KXIP. With Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamicchhane, Axar Patel in the mix, the addition of Ashwin strengthens the spin department.
Delhi also has the best core of Indian batsmen at present. With Ajinkya Rahane now coming in, it only adds to the strength. The inclusion of senior players like Ashwin and Rahane will boost the experience furthermore.
Delhi Capitals appears to be one of the most balanced sides going into the auctions. However, there are a few areas they would look to improve on.
With Chris Morris being released, the all-rounder slot now seems empty. Delhi lacks a quality all-rounder who can bring stability to the side. Few of the available options for Delhi in the auctions are :
James Neesham, Jason Holder, Carlos Brathwaite, Marcus Stoinis, Sam Curran. Delhi could also consider bringing back its long servant Chris Morris for a lesser price in the auctions. An overseas all-rounder can play the role of a power hitter down the order which Delhi does require.
Middle-order batsman :
The Delhi Capitals have a formidable top order without a doubt. However, the middle order seemed to be an issue last season. Delhi will look for a batsman who can compliment Iyer and Pant in the middle order. This will also fill the void of an overseas batsman in their playing XI. The few available options include Eoin Morgan, Shimron Hetmyer, JP Duminy etc.
Foreign Pacer :
Delhi has only one foreign pacer in Kagiso Rabada. With Trent Boult being traded to Mumbai, they will look for another foreign pacer alongside Rabada. Rabada was in red hot form last season picking 25 wickets. An addition of another overseas quick will definitely bolster their pace attack. They would surely go behind players like Starc, Cummins and Cottrell in the auctions.
Delhi Capitals are already well balanced. If they can manage to fill these voids, they can be the most formidable side. Delhi will be keen on giving the side these finishing touches that can help them replicate their performance. They are one of the only three sides to not have won the IPL. The coveted silverware will surely be on their eyes this season.
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