Delhi Capitals (DC) Preview IPL 2021: Can Iyer-less DC Go One Step Further in 2021?

Delhi Capitals Preview IPL 2021.

The Delhi franchise has seen almost all kinds of seasons in the IPL. They have seen the height of the qualifiers & semi-finals, including a run to the final in 2020, as well as rock bottom. Everything except for an IPL victory.

Injury to Shreyas Iyer shifts the planning a little bit, but with Rahane & Steven Smith in the reserves, this should not be a problem. What do you say? Can they go one step further?

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IPL History

2020 (2nd), 2009, 2012, 2019 (3rd), 2008 (4th)

How Did They Do Last Year?

2nd. Brilliant start, a steep fall, and a predictable ending—Mumbai Indians edging them in the final. Several positives regardless:

  • Shikhar Dhawan & Shreyas Iyer dependable with the runs at the top
  • Marcus Stoinis the finisher coming to the party
  • The pace duo of Anrich Nortje-Kagiso Rabada giving DC the edge

Injury & COVID-19 News

The Delhi Capitals have been dealt two big blows. The captain, Shreyas Iyer, suffered a shoulder injury during the India Vs England series. He will have his surgery during the IPL and is out of the season.

Rishabh Pant has been appointed the new captain.

In addition, Axar Patel has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine. Hopefully, he returns in time, but nothing is certain during these times.

Complete Delhi Capitals Squad

Batsman: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Vishnu Vinod

WK: Rishabh Pant

All-Rounders: Ravichandran Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Ripal Patel

Spinners: Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Manimaran Siddharth, Praveen Dubey

Fast Medium: Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Avesh Khan, Lukman Meriwala

Overseas: Sam Billings, Tom Curran, Shimron Hetmyer, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes

Withdrawn: Shreyas Iyer

Predicted DC XI

Due to Patel’s & Iyer’s absence, the balance of the side may change. For the start, I will drop Rabada based on current form and bolster the batting with someone like Steve Smith in the middle order.

  1. Shikhar Dhawan, 2. Prithvi Shaw, 3. Shimron Hetmyer4, Steve Smith/ Sam Billings, 5. Rishabh Pant (C/WK), 6. Marcus Stoinis7. Ravichandran Ashwin, 8. Amit Mishra9. Anrich Nortje10. Ishant Sharma, 11. Umesh Yadav

*Axar Patel will slot at #7 if he can return to the squad

Watch Out For

  • Ravichandran Ashwin – Looks like Ravi Ashwin is having a second wind to his career. A viral YouTube channel, great IPL 2020, followed by a memorable tour of Australia both with the ball and the bat. To cap it off, a century & 9-for in his home ground at Chennai in the England Test series.
  • With the young Rishabh Pant as captain, the leadership group of Ashwin-Dhawan-Smith-Ishant-Mishra will be quite handy. Pant has been consistently destructive in the Indian colors recently, but can he transfer this form to the IPL?

Where Can Things Go Wrong For the Capitals?

Venues & Fixtures


Kolkata – 5, Ahmedabad – 4, Mumbai – 3, Chennai – 2


  • 10 April: CSK vs DC (Mumbai)
  • 15 April: RR vs DC (Mumbai)
  • 18 April: DC vs PBKS (Mumbai)
  • 20 April: DC vs MI (Chennai)
  • 25 April: SRH vs DC (Chennai)
  • 27 April: DC vs RCB (Ahmedabad)
  • 29 April: DC vs KKR (Ahmedabad)
  • 2 May: PBKS vs DC (Ahmedabad)
  • 8 May: KKR vs DC (Ahmedabad)
  • 11 May: DC vs RR (Kolkata)
  • 14 May: RCB vs DC (Kolkata)
  • 17 May: DC vs SRH (Kolkata)
  • 21 May: DC vs CSK (Kolkata)
  • 23 May: MI vs DC (Kolkata)
  • 25 May: Qualifier 1 (Ahmedabad)
  • 26 May: Eliminator (Ahmedabad)
  • 28 May: Qualifier 2 (Ahmedabad)
  • 30 May: Final (Ahmedabad)


The IPL 2020 season displayed what DC are capable of. When they are on a roll, they are the team to watch, but when they get on a losing streak, things go south very soon.

Without Iyer, collapses are something DC need to guard against. My prediction? Always in the race for the qualifiers, but lose out to net run-rate.

Most Runs Rishabh Pant
Most WicketsRavinchandran Ashwin
Emerging PlayerWill Lukman Meriwala, the SMAT star, get a game?
Surprise PackageAmit Mishra
X FactorAnrich Nortje
Broken Cricket DreamInjury to Shreyas Iyer
Delhi Capitals Preview Predictions

*SMAT – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

What do you think of the Delhi Capitals Preview? Your First XI? Will they make the IPL 2021 qualifiers?

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