IPL 2023: Will Delhi Capitals be able to win the title this time?
Team has good fast bowlers, plenty of power hitters
New Delhi. Delhi Capitals will also enter IPL 2023 this time with a new captain. David Warner will be seen leading the team this season. Rishabh Pant will not play for the whole season due to injury. Last season was not good for the team. The team finished fifth after the group stage. The team won 7 matches and lost the same number.
After 2018, Delhi Capitals did not reach the playoffs for the first time. Will the team be able to overcome last year’s failure this time? This is the biggest question. Delhi Capitals have to play their first match against Lucknow Super Giants on 1 April. But, in this match the team will not be able to get down with full strength. Enrique Norkhia and Lungi Ngidi will join Delhi Capitals on 3 April. Both these players will play ODI series against Netherlands. Delhi Capitals will play their second match against Gujarat Titans on 4th April.
Delhi Capitals batting strong
The biggest strength of Delhi Capitals this season is batting. The team is full of power hitters in the form of David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Shaun Marsh, Sarfaraz Khan and Rovman Powell. Out of this, the strike rate of most of the batsmen is above 140. At the same time, in the lower order, Akshar Patel and Manish Pandey can also rock the bat.
Delhi Capitals have a good captain in the form of Warner. He has won the IPL title to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016. He is the fifth most successful captain in IPL history. He won 35 in 69 matches as captain, lost 32 and tied 2 matches.
Who will do wicketkeeping in Pant’s absence?
The biggest problem in front of Delhi Capitals is that who will do wicketkeeping in the absence of Rishabh Pant? The team had released specialist wicketkeeper KS Bharat before the IPL 2023 auction. In such a situation, the team has 3 options as a wicketkeeper. One Phil Salt, second Sarfaraz Khan and third Manish Pandey.
Salt does wicketkeeping. But, his recent performance in T20 has not been very good. He could not play a big innings in the T20 series against Bangladesh as well. In such a situation, he should be a part of Playing-XI. It seemed difficult in the initial matches. Sarfaraz is also a part time wicketkeeper and Manish Pandey has less wicketkeeping experience. In such a situation, perhaps Sarfaraz can be given this responsibility in terms of team combination.
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Team’s pace attack strong, spin bowling weak
Delhi Capitals have a lot of fast bowlers. There are 3 left arm fast bowlers. This includes Chetan Sakaria, Khaleel Ahmed and Mushtafizur Rahman. At the same time, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Kamlesh Nagerkoti are also included in the team. With the presence of Enrique Norkhia and Lungi Ngidi, the team’s pace attack looks to be the strongest in the league. But, the team looked weak in spin bowling. Apart from Akshar Patel, the team does not have experienced spin bowlers. Vicky Ostwal is also a left arm spin bowler. But they don’t have experience. Mitchell Marsh bowls off spin. But, he has not bowled since November last year due to injury.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : March 29, 2023