After many years of being in the bottom half of the points table, Delhi Capitals managed to end their poor run in 2020 and entered the IPL finals for the first time in 13 years under the captaincy of young Shreyas Iyer and became the runners up losing to Mumbai Indians. They have carried the same intensity in IPL 2021 with their new captain, the flamboyant Rishabh Pant, and are placed currently at the top of the IPL 2021 with 12 points and NRR of +0.547 and touted as potential champions along with RCB as per the cricket bet tips of many fantasy league pundits.
Delhi Capitals Campaigns so far in IPL 2021
Delhi Capitals suffered a huge blow even before the start of IPL 2021, where their skipper Shreyas Iyer was ruled out as he injured his shoulder during the ODI series against England. In his absence, Rishabh Pant has led the team well and has been able to put Delhi Capitals in the top position of the points table. However, the campaign turned out to be a rollercoaster ride for them, as some matches were cliffhangers, including a super over win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad team in their 5th match. These close encounters prove a nightmare for fantasy experts to provide cricket bet tips for IPL matches.
Their first encounter was against Chennai Super Kings. However, they managed to chase it with a minimum of fuss through their dashing opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan, scoring 72 and 85 respectively at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Next, they played against Rajasthan Royals and lost the match in the last over. Subsequently, Delhi Capitals beat Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians by 6 wickets, with Shikar Dhawan and Amith Mishra making significant contributions. The final match of Delhi Capitals before IPL postponement was against Punjab Kings, which ended in a comprehensive win for DC despite Mayank Agarwal’s valiant 99 for Punjab Kings.
In the IPL 2021 phase 2 scheduled in Dubai, Delhi Capitals resume their quest to win their maiden title against SRH on September 22 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. As per cricket bet tips provided by fantasy experts, most of the players from the Delhi Capitals fared well, especially the opening pair of Prithvi Shaw and Shikar Dhawan, who were among the top-picked players across all fantasy leagues.
Delhi Capitals stats until now in IPL 2021
|Current Ranking in the Points Table||1|
|Top Run Scorer||Shikhar Dhawan (380 runs with the HS of 92 vs PBKS)|
|Top Wickets Taker||Avesh Khan (14 wickets with best 3/32 vs. RR)|
|Most Catches Taken||Shikhar Dhawan (8 catches)|
Delhi Capitals Full Squad for IPL 2021
Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Amit Mishra, Ajinkya Rahane, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Anrich Nortje, Steven Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Pravin Dubey, Vishnu Vinod.
Finally, Delhi Capitals are sitting pretty well in the top position in the first phase of IPL 2021, but things might change dramatically in phase 2 due to a change in venue and the playing conditions. There are rumors that Rishabh Pant might retain his captaincy even though Shreyas Iyer is back in the squad. As per cricket bet tips provided by fantasy experts, Delhi Capital players are still among the top picks due to their ability to adapt to different conditions.
The squad chosen seems to have covered all the bases with a blend of top batters, world-class spinners, and skillful fast bowlers. Can Delhi Capitals transcend from IPL 2020 Finalists and become IPL 2021 Champions is the million-dollar question, and to find out the answer, we have to wait till October 15, 2021, for the finale.