The Delhi Capitals team was a formidable opponent in the early seasons of the tournament. The team, formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils team, was led by Virender Sehwag. The team was renamed Delhi Capitals just before the 2019 season. International players like Daniel Vettori and Ab De Villiers were associated with the team. But the team never tasted victory. Moreover, the team has also been one of the inconsistent teams in the history of IPL.
In 2018, the team was captained by Gautam Gambhir. The player has successfully led his previous franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, to victory in 2012 and 2014. Moreover, having played in Delhi previously, it was a homecoming for Gambhir. But the left-handed batsmen stepped down as the captain. And Shreyas Iyer rose as the new captain of DC. Shreyas Iyer is the Delhi Capitals captain in IPL 2021 as well.
It was expected that the team would perform even worse after the exit of Gautam Gambhir. But the youths of the team gave some hope. The trio of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithwi Shaw has delivered convincing performances. The Delhi Capitals team 2021 players list boasts of yet another stalwart. It is none other than the solid opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.
The Delhi Capitals 2021 players list consists of an all-new lineup. The batting order of DC has always been strong. Most of the batsmen are solid openers and top-order. However, the team has to fill in the middle order and bowling reserves in this auction. The owners managed to secure some solid players. The team has been deprived of some young talents. But having veterans in the team will work to their advantage.
The bowling side of DC boasts of some lethal talents this season. Most of the players are experts in fast bowling. International players like Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada and Trent Boult are some of the greatest strengths of the team. Sandeep Lamichhane, along with the new addition Ishant Sharma inarguably puts the team in a solid spot. Spin bowlers such as Amit Mishra and Axar Patel have made the team even stronger.
The last season of the IPL has been the most successful for Delhi Capitals. The team managed to become the runners up of IPL 2020 under the captaincy of Shreyas Iyer. But after ten years and six captains, the team is yet to hold the trophy. Most of the ace players who formerly played in the team succumbed to pressure due to the immense expectations. Let us see how Delhi Capitals 2021 performs in the second phase of the IPL this year.