The Delhi Capitals (DC) had a sensational campaign last year. For the first time, they managed to reach the finals of the IPL. Although they failed to beat MI, they had done a tremendous job to reach the finals. During the initial phase of the tournament, they were consistent and merciless. However, they lost touch during the latter half of the event.
This time, Shreyas Iyer will be unavailable for DC. To take up his role, the management has decided to give a young Rishabh Pant a chance. This adds more excitement to the tournament as Pant is well known for his unorthodoxy. And with a young and inspired squad, DC might be the force to reckon with.
In 2020, DC had the second-best batting lineup. And this year too, they have a strong playing eleven in their ranks. For youngsters like Prithvi Shaw, it will be a chance to redeem themselves. But, unfortunately, some players might not get chances regularly in IPL 2021.
Let us have a look at 3 players from the DC squad who might be benched for most of the season:
1. Vishnu Vinod
This year, DC have Vishnu Vinod as the backup wicketkeeper for the Delhi Capitals. He made his first-class debut in 2016 for his state side Kerala. For those who have not heard his name, Vishnu is also an aggressive batsman. Because of his impressive performances in the interstate T20 competitions, and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he rose through the ranks.
Vishnu can hit sixes at will, a rare talent as most of the batsmen fail to clear the fence when required. Thus, if an Indian batsman fails to perform consistently, Pant has a backup. Although Vishnu has scored only 19 runs in three matches, his stats will get better when he gets more chances.
With a strong batting lineup, the Capitals are well-settled. And there is no scope for other players to get into the playing eleven. Maybe, head coach Ricky Ponting will ask Vishnu to bat if Delhi manage to get into the playoffs sooner. But, for a batsman of Vishnu’s caliber, he has to wait for the time being.
2. Lalit Yadav
Pretty much like Vishnu’s ability to hit six sixes in an over, there is another batsman in the DC squad who possesses the same ability. Meet Lalit Yadav, a batsman who has smashed six sixes in an over twice. Yes, you have read that right. He did it in a T20 match at the Najafgarh Sports Complex. During that innings, he smashed 130 runs in 46 balls.
In that knock, he smashed 13 sixes and nine fours. Before this inning, he had scored six sixes in an over during the DDCA T20 league at the Kotla. It was just a matter of time before Lalit was drafted into the first-class side. On his debut, he scored 52 against Maharashtra in 2017. He is a consistent performer too, as, in his first four innings, Lalit scored three half-centuries.
But unfortunately, there are limited slots available for the lesser-known faces. With the absence of Iyer, Pant might give chance to a senior player like Ajinkya Rahane. However, Lalit could be used if some senior players fail to leave a mark during the tournament. If he performs well, Pant should see Lalit as the future of DC.
3. Sam Billings
Sam Billings returned to his first franchise this year. During his initial stint with the Capitals, he scored a fifty each year. Later on, he was released by the Delhi-based franchise and was picked by the Chennai Super Kings. During the 2018 auction, he was bought for his base price of 1 crore.
In his first game, he won the game for Chennai as he scored 56 off 23 balls. It was a priceless inning as it was a tense situation. As he scored a match-winning half-century, he was given regular chances, but he failed to convert the starts into big scores. And eventually, he was dropped.
Sam was retained for the 2019 edition by CSK. But, he was released ahead of the 2021 auction. Now, he is a part of the Delhi Capitals which comprises various match winners. With Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis, and many more international stars in the squad, it is difficult for Sam to make it to the playing eleven.
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