IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant braces for captaincy problem as Delhi Capitals eye maiden title


IPL 2021: Rishabh Pant braces for captaincy problem as Delhi Capitals eye maiden title

Within the earlier version of IPL 2020, the Capitals got here near ending their await a primary IPL title. As an alternative, they faltered to serial winners Mumbai Indians, who lifted their fifth trophy within the event. So much has modified since – the captain, for starters. Rishabh Pant, whose world appeared to have collapsed after a poor IPL outing that misplaced him a spot in India’s limited-overs squads, was named the captain of the franchise in Shreyas Iyer’s absence – due to his scintillating return of kind within the worldwide circuit.

Life has come full circle for Pant whose dominant present in Assessments towards Australia and England received him a spot in T20Is and ODIs towards the latter. With a constant present at a superb strike charge in limited-overs codecs, Pant emerged as a prime contender to steer the Capitals after Iyer’s shoulder harm dominated him out of the event.

The franchise additionally welcomes abroad stars like Australia’s Steve Smith, and the English trio of Sam Billings, Tom Curran and Chris Woakes. Woakes had been part of Capitals earlier too however missed the earlier season.

Because the Capitals put together for the 2021 version of IPL, let’s take a quick look into the squad’s orientation:


Regardless of the absence of Iyer, the Capitals derive their top-order core from the rest of Indian gamers from the quartet: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant. All of the three are anticipated to stay, in the intervening time, an undroppable a part of the XI. Shaw labored on his batting with Pravin Amre (DC batting advisor) and reaped rewards with a best-ever season on the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the place he broke the report for many runs by a person.

Within the middle-order, Stoinis performs a significant function for the facet alongside the aggressors like Shimron Hetmyer and Sam Billings, who is perhaps competing for a fourth abroad spot. DC roped in Steve Smith within the 2021 IPL Public sale, and he’s more likely to begin at quantity three within the XI – at the least till the franchise has all of their abroad choices at disposal.

Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin present useful batting choices at 7th and eightth place respectively.


South Africa’s bowling duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje lit up the IPL 2021 with constant performances for the Capitals. Nonetheless, DC have new arrivals in Tom Curran and Chris Woakes, which will likely be competing for locations within the XI. Within the spin division, Ashwin and Axar proceed to be the first-choice gamers alongside Amit Mishra, whose 2020 season was reduce quick with an harm. Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker for the Capitals within the powerplay final yr, and the off-spinner is ready to imagine a considerably senior function in management this yr, following the absence of Iyer.

The Capitals’ Indian crop of pacers consists of India stars Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav who can supply flexibility and stability to the facet.

Key participant:

Rishabh Pant: Ever since his debut, the wicketkeeper-batsman had the strain of undue expectations as a consequence of fixed comparisons with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. By the way, Pant will now start his captaincy stint within the event towards MS Dhoni’s Chennai Tremendous Kings!

Unsurprisingly, all eyes will likely be on Pant as he’s set to embrace a brand new function for the franchise. His earlier season with the Capitals was arguably the worst time of his profession. The wicketkeeper-batsman didn’t discover a rhythm and likewise confronted an harm that saved him out for a few video games. His poor performances additionally dominated him out for limited-overs choice towards Australia.

However the setback appeared to have given Pant a perspective, as he made a outstanding turnaround within the Assessments towards Australia and England, and finally made a method again to ODIs and T20Is towards the latter facet. Pant has now established himself within the Indian T20I middle-order, too.

It doesn’t come as a shock that the teenager was handed the captaincy regardless of the presence of stalwarts like Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Steve Smith within the squad.

Anticipated XI:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Steve Smith (o), Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer/Sam Billings (o), Marcus Stoinis (o), Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav

(Axar Patel is anticipated to stay absent from the primary match as he examined constructive for COVID-19 final week. Rabada and Nortje, in the meantime, landed in India earlier this week and are unlikely to play within the facet’s opening sport as effectively.)

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