How should Delhi Capitals approach IPL 2020 Auction?
Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) have invested on youngsters for about half a decade now, and are currently reaping rewards for their persistence with the young players. Post the 2018 season, the franchise made some wise moves, bringing in the much needed experience of Shikhar Dhawan and Ishant Sharma. The result was a playoff qualification after 6 years. They are one of the three teams yet to win an IPL trophy. But among the three teams, Delhi Capitals seem to be the only one capable of turning the tables in IPL 2020.
The big concern of pitch not being in sync with the team’s strength has been addressed to a large extent by trading in R Ashwin and A Rahane.
Delhi have released 9 players ahead of the auctions. The big names to be released include Chris Morris, Colin Munro and Colin Ingram. The core is still very much intact and looks even more formidable.
List of retained and released players by Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2020 Auction:
Squad: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin (Transferred), Ajinkya Rahane (Transferred)
Released: Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, B Ayyappa, Hanuma Vihari, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh, Ankush Bains and Colin Munro
Here we take a deep dive into how the Capitals should approach the IPL 2020 auction, analyzing possible strategies and identifying potential candidates they could look out for:
Available Slots: 11 (five overseas)
Purse remaining: Rs 27.85 cr
Areas of concern to address for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 Auction:
The strong Indian core in batting holds DC in good stead. Fast bowling lies in the safe hands of Kagiso Rabada and Ishant Sharma. The spin department looks strongest among all teams. The only major gap they will be looking to fill will be that of a finisher. The lack of good lower order batsmen did cost them a few games last season.
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Backups in the pace department will be in the priority list of the management considering the history of injuries to Rabada.
Probable buys for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 Auction:
Delhi will definitely look to buy back Chris Morris if he is available at a lower price. Among fast bowlers, Andrew Tye, Mustafizur Rahman and Chris Jordan will be on the radar. All three of them are good death bowlers with a lot of variations in their armory. A couple of Indian pacers might also draw some attention.
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Among batsmen, they would like to get in a perfect finisher who can start hitting from the very first ball. A little experience down the order will be of great help for the team. The likes of Colin de Grandhomme, Ben Cutting, Sam Billings and Ashton Turner will be the options for them.
With five slots open for overseas players, expect Delhi Capitals to go for some big international names.