The Delhi Capitals formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils and famously dubbed by IPL commentator Danny Morrison as the “Double Ds” graced the IPL 2019 season with a whole new look. The Delhi Daredevils was one of the original eight teams that were created when the IPL launched in 2008, the rebranding of the franchise is down two factors, which consists of a new meaning for the franchise and change of ownership. With that said, the Delhi Capitals is the only IPL team who have yet to make an appearance in an IPL final. The Delhi Capitals has only reached the playoffs of the IPL four times in the last 12 years. The Delhi Capitals have played 176 matches in the IPL from the period of 2008-2019, which they have won only 76 matches giving them a 43%-win rate.
The Delhi capitals team has seen a lot of great players join them, with Indian batting legend Virender Sehwag being the first captain and led the side for their first two seasons. Sehwag returned as captain for the Delhi Capitals in 2013 as his former replacement Gautam Gambhir left the Delhi Capitals for the Kolkata Knight Riders. When you take a look back at the players Delhi Capitals have had at their disposable over the years it is beggars believe how they have not reached an IPL final. The likes of David Warner, Paul Collingwood, AB De Villiers, Glenn McGrath and the list goes on. With that said, they have changed their outlook, and there seems to be some fresh air around the team.
The Delhi Capitals roster will be something interesting to see develop for the upcoming IPL 2020 season as they have had decent start with their newly rebranded franchise. Having appointed Sourav Ganguly as their official adviser in 2019 and Ricky Pointing as their head coach, it would seem there is plenty experience sitting in that DC dressing room to help guide the team to a title. The biggest news at the moment for Delhi Capitals is they are poised to sign Rajasthan Royals opener Ajinkya Rahane from the Rajasthan Royals. Rahane was a young Indian talent that has blossomed thanks to the IPL. As we look at the Delhi Capitals new team, there does seem to be more focus on homegrown Indian players rather than superstar oversea players.
The big news for the Delhi Capitals squad 2020 is the addition of Ravichandran Ashwin from Kings XI Punjab and Ajinkya Rahanefrom the Rajasthan Royal’s. Massive moves that will make a huge difference to the Capitals chances in 2020.
The Delhi Capitals squad 2019 was made up of 14 players from their previous season, where they played under the name Delhi Daredevils, the other ten slots available on the Delhi Capitals squad in 2019 was filled by seven Indian players and three overseas players. Although the team Delhi Capitals had put together seemed to be out powered by a team such as Mumbai Indians, they still managed to beat them by 37-runs thanks to an excellent team batting performance.
The early signs of promise from the Delhi Capitals squad 2019 was not short-lived as they ended the group stages third only separated on net-run-rate with CSK and MI. This was the first time the Delhi Capitals franchise had reached the playoffs in seven years, and everything looked to be going to plan as they won their first DC vs SRH playoff match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, they fell short in their next DC vs CSK match losing to an impressive CSK team, meaning the IPL final had yet again eluded the Delhi Capitals.
The 2019 DC vs RCB fixtures all went the way of the Delhi Capitals. This was preceded by a five-game RCB winning streak. Of course, the two wins didn’t help DC win the title, but it was a significant turnaround.
Since the Delhi Capitals had rebranded themselves, it has come very apparent, that they are pushing the development of homegrown Indian players, as to suppose to the IPL norm of spending ludicrous amounts of money on superstar players from India and overseas. The Delhi Capitals is one of the youngest squads out of all the teams in the IPL, which will put them in good stead for the future, but it does make you wonder how they will perform in the present. Arguably, their performance in the IPL 2019 season was a glimpse of what a talented team that needs just a bit of developing can achieve and a fraction of the price other teams have spent. The national India teams as they are getting their grassroots players to play in the worlds biggest T20 tournament. And the Delhi Capitals squad is shaping into a great introduction for these players – this can only be good for Indian cricket.
|Name||Playing Role||Batting||Bowling||Overseas Player|
|Shreyas Iyer (C)||Batsman||Right-hand bat|
|Prithvi Shaw||Batsman||Right-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak|
|Manjot Kalra||Batsman||Left-hand bat||Right-arm bowler|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Batsman||Left-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak|
|Colin Ingram||Batsman||Left-hand bat||Legbreak||Yes|
|Colin Munro||Batsman||Left-hand bat||Right-arm medium-fast||Yes|
|Sherfane Rutherford||Batsman||Left-hand bat||Right-arm fast-medium||Yes|
|Axar Patel||Allrounder||Left-hand bat||Slow left-arm orthodox|
|Hanuma Vihari||Allrounder||Right-hand bat||Right-arm offbreak|
|Chris Morris||Allrounder||Right-hand bat||Right-arm fast-medium||Yes|
|Jalaj Saxena||Allrounder||Right-hand bat|
|Keemo Paul||Allrounder||Right-hand bat||Right-arm fast-medium||Yes|
|Avesh Khan||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium-fast|
|Nathu Singh||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium|
|Rahul Tewatia||Bowler||Left-hand bat||Legbreak|
|Bandaru Ayyappa||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium|
|Harshal Patel||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Right-arm medium|
|Ishant Sharma||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Right-arm fast-medium|
|Amit Mishra||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Legbreak|
|Kagiso Rabada||Bowler||Left-hand bat||Right-arm fast||Yes|
|Sandeep Lamichhane||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Legbreak googly||Yes|
|Trent Boult||Bowler||Right-hand bat||Left-arm fast-medium||Yes|
|Ankush Bains||Wicketkeeper batsman||Right-hand bat|
|Rishabh Pant||Wicketkeeper batsman||Left-hand bat|
One of the highlights in the 2020 IPL edition will surely be the DC vs SRH clash. It’s a match featuring the best New Zealand has to offer with Kane Williamson from SRH up against Colin Munro and Trent Boult. This should be a really interesting game. Its bound to be a bowlers match with low scores.
The DC v MI fixture is one of the most hotly contested matches. Delhi is the perennial underachievers, while Mumbai Indians the perpetual over achievers. Two big cities, two big teams and only one winner.
The Delhi Capitals best players have changed drastically over the years. If I were to tell you the Delhi Capitals best players, you would recognise their names due to their achievements in international cricket. However, if I were asked about the Delhi Capitals players as of 2019this would be the players who have found themselves and made themselves know through their efforts in the IPL. Let’s start with Shreyas Iyer, who has seen himself the captain of an IPL franchise at the age of just 25 and has only come to the spotlight of limited-overs cricket in the past three years, he led by example in 2019 is the second-highest runs scorer and almost guided them to their first IPL final, hats off to you Iyer.
Another young buck who has come through the ranks is 24-year-old South African Kagiso Rabada. Rabada has broken into the South Africa first team and is now their spearhead of the attack, the same goes for his role for the Delhi Capitals. He was the leading wicket-taker for DC in 2019 with 25 wickets, just one short of being the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, with Imran Tahir leading the way with 26 wickets but playing five matches more.
The Delhi Capitals owner has recently switched hands as of 2018, with 50% of ownership transferred to the JSW group. It was this change of ownership which sparked a cascade of events that turned the Delhi Daredevils to the Delhi Capitals. The other owners of the Delhi based cricket team, GMR group, embarked on a rebranding campaign to revive a team that has underperformed in the IPL and provide a fresh start.
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