IPL 2019: Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI
Delhi Capitals Playing XI (Strongest)
IPL 12 will most likely be played in 2 phases, with the first half of the tournament to be played in South Africa due to general elections, and the second half to return to India.
As the team combination will be highly dependent on the venues and playing conditions, we have to come up with 2 strongest XIs for both halves. Many of the foreign players will leave for the 2nd half to prepare for Cricket World Cup 2019.
1.1 Top Order (Number 1, 2 and 3)- Delhi Daredevils first-choice opening combination will be Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. Both the openers’ attacking and free flowing style will go perfectly with the new team Delhi Capitals are looking to build. Shikhar and Prithvi also have the stats to back their claim. Shikhar’s 3285 runs at an average of 33 across 11 seasons speak for itself. Prithvi Shaw, who was explosive last season with a strike rate of 153.
Colin Munro has hit a purple patch in T20s as far as T20s are concerned. He has hit 500 runs at an average of 45.45 in 12 innings. But even after all this he could still be limited to warm the bench.
His participation in the second half is not confirmed due to the World Cup. And in South Africa, Delhi will be forced to compromise with their fast bowlers in the likes of Rabada and Boult in seaming conditions.
Manjot Kalra will find it really hard to break into this team as it will be solely dependent on luck. He looked bright in the last Under 19 World Cup but hasn’t got luck in his favor to showcase his T20 skills in IPL.
The position of No. 3 - Shreyas Iyer will be my first choice at No. 3. As Iyer hit 411 runs in 14 matches in the last year, he proved very crucial at the top.
If Delhi is tempted to utilize Colin Munro’s form at the top, it will push Shreyas Iyer down to No. 4 or to play Colin Munro at No. 4, which is too big a gamble to take as Delhi has had successful players at that position.
2. Middle Order (Number 4, 5 and 6) - Rishabh Pant was the best batsman for Delhi Capitals in 2019. He hit 684 runs in 14 matches at an average of 52.61 and almost won matches on his own. At no. 4, the skills of Pant will be fully utilised.
South African Colin Ingram was the main buy of the Delhi Daredevils at 6.4 crores. Ingram has hit 1237 runs at an average of 41.23 at 2018 alone. At No. 5 he can be the ideal player to either provide stability or continue the momentum of the team.
Chris Morris makes up the rest of my middle order for Delhi Daredevils. Morris provides balance to the Delhi Daredevils as he is the best pace allrounder of the squad at the moment. An IPL career average of 37 in batting and 25 in bowling in 52 matches speaks volumes.
In South African conditions,Rishabh Pant, Colin Ingram and Chris Morris make up my middle order in numbers 4,5 and 6 respectively.
Hanuma Vihari makes to the spot of the backup batsman in the middle order. Delhi Daredevils bought him for a reason as his technical abilities but his inclusion will be solely dependent on luck too. He is not known for his hitting abilities to automatically make the playing XI. But if Delhi face an injury problem or the first choice 3 don’t click, Vihari can come in to save the day.
Sherfane Rutherford will come in for Chris Morris in the Indian leg as Morris will leave for World Cup preparations.
3. Lower Order (Number 7, 8 and 9) - Delhi’s first choice lower order in South African conditons will be Rahul Tewatia, Axar Patel and Ishant Sharma at no are 7, 8 and 9 respectively.
Rahul Tewatia is an excellent allrounder and familiar with the Delhi Capital’s setup. In 18 T20 innings, he has hit 303 runs at an average of 25.25. Equally effective with the ball, Tewatia has 19 wickets at an economy under 7.
Axar Patel, who has been a star performer for the past few seasons. He has picked 61 wickets in IPL at a bowling average of 28.93. His hitting skills with the bat come quite handy at the end of the innings.
Ishant Sharma will be key to the Delhi’s team in South African conditions. Also his valuable experience at the Ferozeshah Kotla helps him barge his way in the starting XI in the Indian leg of IPL.
For the Indian leg, Amit Mishra replaces Rahul Tewatia, as the spin maestro picked 12 wickets in 10 innings in IPL 2018. His experience is massive to handle any match situation he is thrown into.
4. Bowlers (No. 10 and No. 11) - For the South African leg, Delhi Daredevils have 2 world class pacers in their attack in Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult. Rabada has 24 wickets in 18 innings in T20s and being one of the fastest bowlers around, he will be the perfect partner to partner Boult, who picked up 18 wickets in 14 matches in last IPL.
For the Indian leg, both the pacers will likely leave for the World Cup. Even if that does not happen, Indian conditions will warrant to include an extra spinner.
Avesh Khan and Sandip Lamichhane will come in and complete the No. 10 and 11 for the Indian conditions.
Important Notes -
Delhi have a big selection issue in which 4 foreign players to pick to maintain the perfect balance of the squad.
1) Selection of Colin Munro means only one out of Rabada or Boult will be in the team
2) Kagiso Rabada will play a massive role in the South African conditions and can even trump Boult in the selection process
3) Hanuma Vihari is not an automatic choice for the Indian and the South African leg to maintain a perfect team balance