Pant was handed captaincy per week again after Shreyas Iyer was pressured out following a shoulder harm, sustained throughout the ODI collection towards England final month
Thrust into the management position, a totally remodeled Rishabh Pant carries a number of hope and accountability on his shoulders as Delhi Capitals goal to construct on the success of the final version within the UAE, the place they ended runners-up.
A strong batting line-up coupled with a potent tempo assault makes DC sturdy contenders this 12 months too.
Pant was handed captaincy per week again after Shreyas Iyer was pressured out following a shoulder harm, sustained throughout the ODI collection towards England final month.
Delhi Capitals have grown from power to power as they completed second runners up within the 2019 earlier than reaching summit conflict final 12 months.
Here’s a take a look at the crew which can start its marketing campaign towards Chennai Tremendous Kings in Mumbai on April 10.
STRENGTHS: They’re one of the balanced sides within the match with a formidable batting line-up and a potent tempo assault.
In Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane, Delhi boast of a strong prime order. Pant together with Marcus Stoinis and Shimron Hetmyer or Sam Billings will look to fill the opening left by Iyer within the center order.
The addition of Steve Smith will additional bolster their batting.
Dhawan (618) was the second highest run-scorer in 2020 and seemed in good contact within the latest ODI collection towards England with scores of 98 and 67.
Shaw too might be itching to show his value after amassing 827 runs within the Vijay Hazare Trophy following his ouster from the Australia Check collection and a dismal final season.
Pant has emerged as a match-winner for India within the latest collection towards Australia and England. He together with all-rounder Stoinis and Billings should be sure that DC end with a flourish.
On the bowling entrance, South African tempo duo of Kagiso Rabada (2020 purple cap winner) and Anrich Nortje has proved to a dream pair, having scalped 52 wickets collectively in 2020.
With Chris Woakes additionally within the combine this time and Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav additionally within the ranks, Delhi have choices of their tempo battery.
WEAKNESS: Delhi’s main weak point just isn’t having sufficient high quality gamers of their ranks each abroad and residential cricketers. Not having like-for-like replacements is among the weak factors.
It was exactly the explanation they weren’t in a position to relaxation Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Even by way of wicket-keeping, in case Pant has a niggle they did not have alternative. This 12 months they’ve Vishnu Vinod of Kerala however he’s a inexperienced horn.
Additionally the Indian quick bowling is fairly weak as their two premier quick bowlers Ishant and Umesh do not play a lot white ball cricket for the nationwide crew now.
OPPORTUNITIES: Though a giant problem, however it is going to even be an enormous alternative for younger skipper Pant to step out of the shadows of the legendary MS Dhoni by guiding his crew to its maiden title.
The league additionally supplies Pant the chance to organize for the T20 World Cup, the place he might be a significant cog in India’s batting line-up. Dhawan too will look to seal the opening slot, whereas additionally it is an opportunity for R Ashwin and Axar Patel to organize for the ICC occasion.
THREAT: Pant has displayed resilience and understanding in his brief profession to date however he should be sure that the added management accountability does not have an effect on his pure attacking intuition as a batsman.
Additionally DC’s tempo unit is simply too depending on Rabada and Nortje with back-up pacers Ishant and Umesh not boasting of an excellent T20 document.
Final 12 months, Delhi suffered 4 successive losses after seven wins in first 9 video games, jeopardising their play-off probabilities. They should be cautious of such a stoop and keep away from collapses like final 12 months.
The Squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant , Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.