Delhi Capitals have been a good team over the years but have failed to lift the IPL trophy even once. The team was previously called Delhi Daredevils, but they changed their name to Delhi Capitals recently. They started their IPL journey with the first two seasons has reached the playoff stage. However, after that, they failed to perform and could not reach even the playoff stage except in the year 2013.
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Delhi Capitals have bounced back well and have performed well in the last two editions, having reached the finals last year. This year also, the team led by Rishabh Pant has performed excellent and is sitting at the top with 6 wins from 8 games. Let us analyze the swot analysis of Delhi Capitals ahead of VIVO IPL 2021 part 2 UAE leg.
IPL 2021: SWOT Analysis Of Delhi Capitals Ahead Of IPL 2021 UAE Leg
Strong Indian players
Delhi Capitals have the luxury of strong Indian players. With Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashwin, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma in the squad, they have one of the best core Indian players in the squad. Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw have fired from all cylinders in these 8 matches of IPL 2021.
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Rishabh Pant we all know is one of the best young T20 players currently playing IPL. Ashwin’s experience will be very handy in the second leg of IPL 2021. The young pace bowler Avesh Khan has also performed well in this season providing good stability to the bowling unit.
Delhi Capitals have a weak middle-order as compared to other IPL teams. They have a good opening combination with Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw firing from all cylinders. When we look at the middle-order, Ajinkya Rahane has not exploded in this IPL edition. Steve Smith is also not in the best of forms.
They will hope that their regular captain Shreyas Iyer joins the team as he has recovered from his shoulder injury and will provide the much-needed stability to the middle-order.
Golden opportunity for Indian players
VIVO IPL 2021 provides a golden opportunity for the Indian players to perform well and cement their place in the ICC T20 world cup 2021. All eyes will be on Dhawan, Pant, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin who will be itching to perform their best and try to impress the selectors to consider them for the ICC T20 world cup 2021.
Prithvi Shaw has performed well in the IPL 2021 first 8 matches and will like to keep his form going so that he can also make his contention for the world cup. The same goes with Ashwin and Axar Patel who can fancy their chances of selection.
The pressure to perform in crunch games
Delhi Capitals will have to make sure that they don’t get complacent in the final stages of the IPL 2021. They reached the playoff in 2019 while in 2020 they were the runner-up. Delhi lost the final of IPL 2020 to Mumbai Indians. This shows that when the crunch game comes, Delhi gets panicked due to the pressure of performance and they lose the important games.
They have quality players and they need to learn from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings about how these two sides handle pressure and come victorious during the knock-out stages.