Released players: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy
Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
Remaining purse: 9 crores.
Delhi Capitals (DC) performed exceptionally well in the last IPL season and reached the finals. Led by young Shreyas Iyer, the team failed to cross the final hurdle as they lost to Mumbai Indians in a one sided match. During this trading window, they have released just five players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction which includes 3 foreigners and 2 Indians.
They have not altered the core of their team which has reached the playoffs in the previous two seasons. This clearly reflects the approach that the team looks well settled now. With the lowest available purse, there is hardly any room for them to experiment in the auctions.
The batting order looks settled with Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Marcus Stoinis and Rishabh Pant all forming part of their solid batting core. Delhi Capitals may be aiming to get some better performance this time in the middle order from Ajinkya Rahane and Shimron Hetmyer both of them who failed to impress much in the previous edition. The bowling attack includes Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin and Marcus Stoinis which all in all looks good and settled.
Delhi Capitals have released off-spinner, Sandeep Lamichhane ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. They would look to replace Lamichhane with an overseas spinner who can bowl well given the Indian subcontinent conditions. Mitchell Santner, the New Zealand spinner can be a good option for the Capitals given his previous performance in the Indian conditions.
Delhi Capitals have a lethal overseas pace bowling attack comprising of the South African duo, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Rabada was the purple cap winner of last edition. However, they do not have many Indian fast bowling options at their disposal. Ishant Sharma and Avesh Khan are the sole Indian pacers in the DC squad. Ishant currently struggling with injury has always been a hit and miss deal due to his not so good affairs with his injuries.
They can think about having services of Indian pace bowlers Siddarth Kaul and Basel Thampi. Adding some depth to their Indian fast bowling department, might strengthen Delhi’s squad as this may reduce their overdependency on Foreign fast bowlers and will make them one of the strongest squads on paper going into the 2021 season.