The Delhi Capitals franchise has yet to win an IPL title so will be hungry to end the 12-year barren run in the 2020 edition of the IPL. Renamed the Delhi Capitals after previously being known as the Delhi Daredevils, the franchise was bought for $84 million by the GMR group (an infrastructural company). The group then sold a 50% stake in the franchise to the JSW group (a business conglomerate) in 2018 for $77 million.
Their home, located in New Delhi, is the 41,820-seater Arun-Jaitley stadium, with their secondary stadium being the third largest in India and fourth largest in the world with the 65,000-seater Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium.
Right-handed, top order batman, Shreyas Iyer leads the side with richly-experienced Australian Ricky Ponting head coach. Here are some interesting stats and facts that may catch your eye:
– The Delhi Capitals has only had this name for one singular season as they were once the Delhi Daredevils but the owners wanted to resonate with the whole city so they renamed the franchise.
– Despite appearing in 10 seasons so far, the franchise has yet to reach a final, their highest ever finish being third.
– They have a poor record against Chennai Super Kings with a 31.57% win percentage having won just 6 of their 19 encounters.
– However they have fared better against Mumbai Indians, the most successful side, with a 50% win percentage against them.
– In the IPL 2014 they only managed to win a meagre 2 games, although they have topped the league table standing on 2 occasions, in 2009 and 2012.
The Delhi Capitals have an array of talent in their roster and here are some of the most vital players.
With an outstanding record of 25 wickets in 12 games, Kagiso Rabada has established himself as one of the best pace bowlers in world cricket. The South African has only played one other season in the IPL, playing six games in the 2017 version, taking six wickets.
Rabada has had a meteoric rise, topping the ICC ODI and Test bowling rankings by the age of 22 and holds the record for the youngest player to reach 150 wickets. His raw pace and aggression has seen him pick up almost 200 Test wickets in just over 40 matches with one of the best strike-rates in history.
His work with the white ball is equally impressive and he is already one of the most sought-after bowlers in the game and will be key to the success of the Delhi Capitals as they bid to win their first ever IPL title.
Vastly experienced top-order batsman Shikhar Dharwan has been a constant IPL run machine ever since the inaugural season in 2008 right through to present day. Regularly called upon to provide the extra piece of brilliance in those crunch matches, Dharwan has racked up over 4,500 runs with 37 half-centuries.
He is a relatively new arrival at the Capitals having previously starred with Sunrisers Hyderabad and he made an instant impression with his new franchise, making 521 runs in 16 matches in his debut campaign. Dharwan, a frequently aggressive batsman who tends to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, is an established international with 24 centuries for India.
Pant was bought for 1.9 crore on the 6th February 2016 by the Delhi Daredevils, incidentally scoring a century in the under- 19s Cricket World Cup on the same day for India. The big-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman has been integral to the side since his arrival, scoring 1736 runs in the four seasons and 56 games he has played.
The 2018 season was his best year as he had an extremely impressive average of 52.61 with 684 runs to his name in that season and a best of 128*. His power hitting has already translated itself onto the international stage with Test centuries in Australia and England (something MS Dhoni could never do).
He has the potential to be one of the future greats of the game and Delhi Capitals will be hoping he can lead them to success.
Other players to look for
Shreyas Iyer – A talented Indian batsman who specialises in the shorter formats of the game, Iyer leads Delhi and has had recognition on the international stage.
Ishant Sharma – With almost 300 Test wickets, Sharma is still improving as a pace bowler and has become one of the most reliable players in the league.
Prithvi Shaw – Shaw is a precociously talented batsman who has taken to the big stage in impressive fashion, earning comparisons to Virender Sehwag. He has the ability to take apart any attack on any given day.
Axar Patel – The all-rounder is handy with the bat and ball and can really make an impact in a game having gained experience all round the world. He was bought for a huge 5 crore in 2019 by the Delhi Capitals.
The Delhi capitals spent big on some players in the Auction and also managed to get some crucial trades in too, he are some of the highlights:
India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is now a Delhi Capitals player after being traded in by the franchise and leaving Kings XI Punjab. The experienced spinner has featured in 10 IPL seasons prior to 2020 and experienced success with CSK in 2010 and 2011.
He has been a constant in the national team over the past decade with over 200 appearances and 500 wickets across all three formats. His experience and class with both bat and ball will be a huge asset to Ricky Ponting for the upcoming season.
Ajinkya Rahane is the current vice-captain of the Indian Test side and a well-respected cricketer around the world, having featured in the last nine editions of the IPL.
Primarily a classical batsman, he has the ability to move through the gears as shown in his two IPL centuries prior to the 2020 campaign, while his temperament is arguably his greatest quality and has led to a distinguished international career. He joined the Capitals after a spell with Rajasthan Royals and his experience could be crucial in what had previously been a young batting lineup.
Yet to make an appearance in the IPL, Australian Alex Carey will be keen to impress after Delhi Capitals acquired him for 2.4 crore in the most recent auction.
The wicket-keeper batsman could have played Aussie rules and did play professionally before switching to cricket, but his choice paid off after rising to prominence in the Big Bash and earning a spot in Australia’s World Cup squad in 2019.
He is well regarded in the white ball game and under his countryman Ponting could be a surprise package this season.
Shrimron Hetmyer attracted a big fee at the auction, such is the excitement around the West Indian batsman. He made his bow in the IPL for RCB and despite not racking up huge runs, his flair and big-hitting was enough to draw a lot of interest.
The Capitals made him their most expensive player in the current squad, so he is bound to get chances and he will certainly be one to watch this season following comparisons to Chris Gayle.
Others new players who could make an impact
Jason Roy – explosive English batsman who was bought for 1.5 crore in the auction. With a range of expansive shots, Roy is a huge talent and it wouldn’t be surprising if he made a huge impact on the league.
Marcus Stoinis – Australian all-rounder who was acquired for a fee of 4.8 crore, a hefty price tag. A big-hitting batsman capable of bowling crucial overs with the ball, he will be looking to establish himself in the IPL.
Going into his third season as coach for the Delhi Capitals, Ricky Ponting could have a realistic chance of guiding his talented side to their first IPL success.
A brilliant batsman in his day, he led what is generally considered to be one of the greatest Test sides of all time with the mid-00s Australia team. He made over 26,000 international runs over a 17-year career to establish his place in the cricketing hall of fame, while also boasting a win percentage of 67.91% while captain.
His experience and know-how at the top level could be the perfect foil to what is a supremely talented but at times naive team that is capable of going all the way.
Chances of Success in 2020?
Using data from lots of bookies around the world, certain data has displayed the chances each team has to win the Indian Premier League and according to this calculation they have the fourth best chance of winning the IPL with 12.93%. The fans will certainly be hopeful of a possible IPL triumph this year as the Delhi Capitals have added some astute signings, possibly bolstering their chances this year.