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Delhi Capitals: Iyer's big captaincy test in IPL

Sep 19, 2020 19:53 IST

Despite having some of the best teams in the competition over the last 12 years, Delhi Capitals' trophy cabinet is still empty. After making it to the semi-finals of the first 2 editions, Delhi still remains the only franchise that has never reached an IPL final. Moreover, they have finished at the bottom of the table 4 times, the most among all teams. But things are slowly changing after Shreyas Iyer took over as skipper midway during the 2018 edition and Delhi qualified for their first playoffs in 7 years in 2019. With Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Ishant Sharma and Ashwin in the squad, Delhi is one team which probably has the most India players in their ranks. To strengthen the middle order, they roped in an in-form Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey and Shimron Hetmyer in the 2019 auction which may also present a stiff competition among overseas players. Known to release big names, Delhi did the same this time around as well and let go of Trent Boult and Chris Morris. With Chris Woakes having already opted out of the upcoming IPL, their fast bowling hopes now rest on Kagiso Rabada's shoulders. Though the Capitals are a batting powerhouse on paper, they would largely rely on the spinners when it comes to bowling. As things stand, Delhi would need a massive effort in order to clinch their maiden IPL title.