The Delhi Capitals have invited Steve Smith to their squad at the 2021 IPL auction, and the Australian cricketer will give great support to skipper Shreyas Iyer. The Delhi capitals failed to lift the trophy in the IPL 2020, after losing to the Mumbai Indians in the final. However, the team gave their best ever performance last season.
With the addition of big names such as Steve Smith, Tom Curran and Sam Billings to the squad at the 2021 IPL auction, Delhi Capitals will become a stronger team at the 2021 IPL tournament. Delhi capitals is expected to play the first game of the 2021 IPL against the Mumbai Indians, however, the official announcement is expected. As the Delhi capitals have beefed up their squad following the IPL 2021 auction, here we take a look at the top 11 predictions for the franchisee in the IPL 2021 first match.
IPL 2021: The best predicted XI of the capitals of Delhi (DC)
Shikhar Dhawan smashed two centuries in the last edition of the IPL and he was also the 2nd highest points scorer in the IPL 2020 with 618 runs. Dhawan smashed 2 centuries and 4 half centuries in the tournament. With a 144+ strike rate last season, he proved his worth as an opener. He should have a chance in the Delhi Capitals’ opener in IPL 2021.
Shimron Hetmyer will be good as the other opener for the Delhi Capitals. Shimron Hyetmer didn’t score much in the last edition, but he’ll be a better option than Prithvi Shaw and Ajinkya Rahane to open the heats. He had the best 148+ strike of any DC batsman and will be a trustworthy hitter if other opener Shikhar Dhawan fails to go big in the game.
Since the Delhi Capitals have Steve Smith on the squad, it won’t make sense to drop him for Game 1. Steve Smith will bolster the Delhi Capitals’ middle order and his skills as captain will also help Shyeras Iyer in the game. Steve Smith has been in great shape lately and he will be ready to start his new journey to the capitals of Delhi.
Shreyas Iyer has done a great job as a skipper for Delhi Daredevils. Under his command, Delhi Capitals rose from a weak team to become the IPL 2020 finalist. Right-handed drummer Shreyas Iyer was the fourth best run-getter in the IPL 2020 with 519 runs in 17 innings. His three half centuries in the tournament have also helped Delhi’s capitals seal crucial victories. He is the perfect man to lead the team in IPL 2021.
Rishabh Pant has established himself as the best option as a wicket keeper following MS Dhoni’s departure from international cricket. His performance in India against the Australia Border Gavaskar 2020-21 Trophy proved he has great ability with the bat in pressure situations. Rishabh Pant is also the best wicket keeper option for Delhi Daredevils and he is expected to keep the strains in DC’s opener.
The Delhi capitals are spending Rs. 5.25 crore to integrate the English all-rounder into their team. Giving him a chance in the first game will boost his confidence in the team. Plus, being a versatile player, Tom Curran will be an added advantage in the bowling area. While playing for the Rajasthan Royals last season, Tom Curran contested 4 innings, in which he hit a fifty (54 *) in one game. He has a good batting rate of 133+. The addition of Tom Curran to the team will benefit both the batting and bowling department.
Ravichandran’s dominance of Ashwin in spin bowling is something that cannot go unnoticed. In IPL 2020, Ashwin took 13 wickets in 15 games but his economy (7.66) was very good. In 2021 he became a more dangerous spin thrower for India, which was evident against the Australian and English series. So he will be a great choice for the Delhi Capitals in the first game.
Axar Patel will assist Ravichandran Ashwin in the rotation attack. Axar Patel had the best bowling economy among the Delhi Capitals’ bowlers in IPL 2020. In his test debut against England, he took 7 wickets to dismantle England batsmen in India against England 2nd Test 2019. His addition will bolster the Delhi Capitals’ spin attack during IPL 2021.
Umesh Yadav became a part of the Delhi capitals during the 2021 IPL auction after the franchisee bought it for Rs. 1 crore. Umesh Yadav has a good rhythm in his bowling alley. The right-handed bowler will be eager to showcase his bowling skills for his new franchisee. Therefore, the Delhi Capitals should give him a chance in the first game.
Lukman Meriwala was purchased by Delhi Capitals for Rs. 20 lakh in IPL 2021. The left arm stimulator will be a good option as Ishant Sharma is already out of shape. As a left arm stimulator, Lukman Meriwala will give bowling a different angle. It will be great to give him a chance in Game 1 as the opposition drummers won’t be aware of his bowling style.
Kagiso Rabada is the premier bowler of the Delhi capitals. He was the key player in helping the Delhi capitals reach the final in IPL 2020. With a maximum of 30 wickets in 17 games, Rabada became the winner of the purple cap last season. It will be necessary to lead the bowling attack from the front and therefore, it should be part of the game 11.