Delhi Capitals have been arguably the most impressive team at the halfway stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Along with defending champions Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals have 10 points from opening 7 matches but are placed second on the virtue of an inferior net run-rate. The Shreyas Iyer-led outfit are firm favourites to make it to the playoffs after some impressive all-round performances, but the challenge for the team is to not get complacent, considering things can change quickly, especially in the second half of the tournament.
In a two-month-long tournament, that started off with no one team with a tag of clear favourites, the creme-de-la-creme is steadily rising to the top with Delhi Capitals putting forth the most consistent performances thus far. Can the Ricky-Ponting coached side keep their momentum going and challenge the Mumbai Indians in the playoffs? It’s impossible to predict the standings, given that two bad results could drastically change a fortune for any side, but the Delhi Capitals seem to have the makings of a solid unit.
Delhi Capitals & batting
Often in the recent past, any discussion about Delhi Capitals tends to revolve around the embarrassment of riches in their batting line up. With young Turks like Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw to their disposal, it is but natural that their warrant so much attention. After all, T20 format is tailor-made for batters.
The likes of Shikhar Dhawan, explosive middle-order batsmen comprising of Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis, Delhi Capitals seem to have all the bases covered as far as their batting is concerned. Learning the art of playing a perfect t20 inning from the peerless Ricky Ponting is a dream that their batsmen are living on a daily basis. Their strength in depth is also evident from the fact that the likes of Ajinkya Rahane and Alex Carey are able to pitch in for the injured Rishabh Pant. In theory, experienced Rahane’s introduction to the setup adds more stability to Delhi’s batting order, which is full of flamboyant players.
After being given the reigns of captaincy, Shreyas Iyer has flourished in the role. The Mumbai batsman scored 463 runs in IPL 2019, leading the team to the playoffs. He was well-supported by Rishabh Pant, who was sensational last season amassing 488 runs.
One record the Capitals would want to resurrect is that they are the only active franchise that hasn’t ever contested the IPL final. Can they go the distance this time around?
After a barren spell in the early few-seasons, the Capitals finally have started to get the results in their favour. The trophy cabinet might still be empty, but qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in seven years in 2019 is a sign of their potential.
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Delhi Capitals & bowling
In Kagiso Rabada, the Capitals have a proven performer leading their bowling attack. The South African quick leads to purple cap race, having scalped 17 wickets in 7 outings. Rabada is looking good to emulate his haul of 25 wickets of IPL 2019. Apart from Rabada, their bowling unit has looked formidable with fellow South Africa bowler Anrich Nortje, who specialises in death bowling. The two of them so far have been very consistent and have played a pivotal role in giving them good starts, with spinners to follow in the middle overs.
Barring the duo, the Capitals possess great depth in their bowling, allowing Iyer to stifle the opposition after the mandatory powerplay. With the tournament being played on slow tracks in UAE, spinners are set to play a crucial role and Capitals boast of one of the strong spin bowling departments. Ashwin and Axar Patel have taken six wickets each with Australian Stoinis filling in the all-rounder’s spot to a great extent.
While Axar Patel tops the chart for economy rates this season, only one bowler has bowled more dot balls than Anrich Nortje so far. Such shrewd acquisitions are paying timely dividends for Iyer and DC. Their flamboyant batsmen might be hogging the limelight, but the bowlers are stepping up to the challenge, showing that they are on the equal keel. The Capitals have the look of a champion team, their bowler might just take them to promise land!