Delhi Capitals (DC) Complete Squad in IPL 2022 – Predicted: The Delhi based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has witnessed a comprehensive U-turn in its fortunes after the franchise rebranded its name in 2018. Delhi Capitals were earlier known with an identity of Delhi Daredevils. Since rebranding, the franchise has consecutively made a sure shot place for itself in the IPL playoffs.
Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL 2020 reached the final, where they eventually lost to formidable Mumbai Indians (MI), while in the recently concluded IPL edition, it ended its campaign in third place.
Despite continuing the IPL trophy drought, DC have done invariably well to keep their hopes alive in each IPL season. The young franchise sustained a shock ahead of the IPL 2021 with the injury of their skipper, Shreyas Iyer, following which wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was named the leader of the side.
To everyone’s surprise, Pant led Delhi Capitals (DC) sensibly in the entire IPL 2021. In fact, his leadership skills got appreciations from veteran cricketers and legendary players. Despite the return of Shreyas Iyer in the second phase of the IPL 2021, Delhi kept going ahead with Rishabh Pant.
And now ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, it has been confirmed that Rishabh Pant will remain skipper of Delhi Capitals. The franchise has retained Pant for INR 16 Crores, Axar Patel for INR 9 Crores, Prithivi Shaw (INR 7.5 Crores) and Anrich Nortje for INR 6.5 Crores.
With mega auction lined up ahead, Delhi Capitals (DC) have INR 47.50 Crores of funds available to use in the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. In this article, we will take you through the Delhi Capitals (DC) Complete Squad in the IPL 2022. We will predict the probable squad of the franchise in the IPL 2022.
Delhi Capitals (DC) Complete Squad in IPL 2022 – Predicted
Batsman – Shikhar Dhawan, Dawid Malan, Shimron Hetmyer, Ambati Rayudu, Nitish Rana
Delhi Capitals (DC) enjoyed a fantastic time with the opening services of Shikhar Dhawan in the past three years. Dhawan made opening look so easy and amassed good runs for the team. The southpaw has consistently scored over 500 runs in the last three editions of the IPL. The franchise will try to retain him back cheaply in the mega auction.
The native Delhi boy, Nitish Rana will be one of the few domestic players in the target of DC. Rana has played for Delhi in the domestic tournament while he played for Kolkata in the Indian Premier League. The left-hander can provide solid help to the team after a misfired opening partnership.
As middle-order options, former DC cricketer Shimron Hetmyer and Dawid Malan would be two good choices to go with. Hetmyer is known for his blitz knocks at the backend of the innings. The Caribbean cricketer maintains a healthy strike rate of 151 in IPL and can be pretty destructive on the given day.
England cricketer Dawid Malan can be used as an opener or in number three or as a middle-order batsman. Malan is a complete package batsman who can be used in diverse roles in the team, as per the requirements. He is currently in the top five ranked T20I batsman by the ICC which gives him a licence to fancy his chances in the list of best T20 cricketers.
As far as backup middle-order batsman is considered, Delhi Capitals can pick experienced Ambati Rayudu. If going by experience, Rayudu can be very actually used as a genuine middle-order batsman and he has shown his capabilities in the IPL 2021 for CSK. Rayudu played a couple of magnificent innings to power CSK to a daunting total.
Bowlers – Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami, R Ashwin
Delhi Capitals (DC) would, at first, try to acquire South African Kagiso Rabada in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Rabada was with DC in the IPL 2021, however, he endured a forgettable outing. Despite that, every franchise knows what KG Rabada will bring to the table and DC would be very well aware of his abilities as well.
Besides, Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin would also be on DC’s radar. Ashwin was a regular feature for Delhi in the last few IPL seasons and the spinner did extremely well to control the opposition. Ashwin used to deliver a few overs inside powerplays and was even used in death overs, which shows his flexibility and his potential to fulfil the role in tricky situations.
Former PBKS pacer Mohammad Shami is highly likely to don the Delhi Capitals jersey in the IPL 2022. Shami was phenomenal for PBKS in the last two IPL seasons. He was the lone warrior for the team as far as bowling is concerned. He picked wickets in powerplays, he bowled in middle overs and even did well in the deaths.
For the fourth bowling option, there is a tie between New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and young Indian speedster Deepak Chahar. Both the bowlers are known to deliver upfront in the initial overs. They are highly capable to break the spine of the opposition with their early destruction.
All-rounders – Shakib Al Hasan, Shardul Thakur, Liam Livingstone
The Delhi based IPL team might go with Bangladeshi spin bowling all-rounder Shakib al Hasan as their major all rounding option. Shakib is very well familiar with the IPL as a tournament and has a knack for performing well under pressure. Though his form has taken a dip in the last one year with both bat and ball, he still can turn the course of matches.
England’s Liam Livingstone is also a considerable choice as far as spin bowling all-rounder is considered. Livingstone can be used as a part-time spinner. Moreover, his hitting skills are no joke. He can effectively tonk the bowlers over the boundary rope owing to his strong bottom hand.
Shardul Thakur has to come in every all-rounder’s list. The former CSK all-rounder has been the most improved cricketer in recent times. He not only worked on his bowling but also took his batting to next level. If DC require an Indian all rounding option, there is no one better than Shardul Thakur at the moment.
Wicketkeepers – Devon Conway, Dinesh Karthik
Delhi Capitals (DC) can invest in Kiwi Devon Conway and Indian experienced Dinesh Karthik as the two crucial wicket keepers besides Rishabh Pant. Conway has been brilliant ever since he made his international debut. He is on a fantastic run and his form is not willing to take a dip anytime soon.
Dinesh Karthik on the other hand can be picked as an important asset who can do dual work. He can be useful as an advisor to Rishabh Pant with the captaincy. Karthik being the former skipper and an experienced player can aid Delhi Capitals (DC) by suggesting intelligent changes to Pant. Karthik can also be used extensively as a middle-order batsman.
Delhi Capitals (DC) Complete Squad in IPL 2022 – Predicted:
Batsman – Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Dawid Malan, Shimron Hetmyer, Ambati Rayudu and Nitish Rana
Bowlers – Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Trent Boult, Deepak Chahar, Mohammad Shami and R Ashwin
All-Rounders – Axar Patel, Shakib Al Hasan, Shardul Thakur and Liam Livingstone
Wicketkeepers – Rishabh Pant, Devon Conway and Dinesh Karthik