Delhi Capitals IPL 2019 Team Preview

Head coach: Ricky Ponting

Captain: Shreyas Iyer

Previous finishes

2018: 8th
2017: 6th
2016: 6th
2015: 7th
2014: 8th
2013: 9th
2012: 3rd
2011: 10th
2010: 5th
2009: Semi-finals
2008: Semi-finals

2019 Roster

Local players: Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Manjot Kalra, Shikhar Dhawan, Axar Patel, Hanuma Vihari, Ishant Sharma, Ankush Bains, Nathu Singh, Jalaj Saxena, Bandaru Ayyappa

Overseas players: Colin Munro (NZ), Chris Morris (SA), Kagiso Rabada (SA), Sandeep Lamichhane (NEP), Trent Boult (NZ), Colin Ingram (SA), Sherfane Rutherford (WI), Keemo Paul (WI)

Newcomers: Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Ankush Bains, Nathu Singh, Colin Ingram, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Jalaj Saxena, Bandaru Ayyappa, Shikhar Dhawan

What’s new at Delhi Capitals coming into IPL 2019?

After another disappointing campaign where they finished bottom of the IPL 2018 ladder, Delhi have not only made changes to their roster but also their name as they have switched from the Daredevils to the Capitals.

They released some big name overseas players like Glenn Maxwell and Jason Roy, but they have signed some solid replacements with Colin Ingram as good as they come. Additionally, they made a big trade with Sunrisers Hyderabad to capture Shikhar Dhawan and he will add major quality at the top of the order.

Who are the key players for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019?

Rishabh Pant was a revelation last year as he smashed 684 runs as the second highest runscorer in the tournament and he is under pressure to perform once again. He will have more support with the likes of Ingram and Dhawan joining the batting order, but he is desperate to make the Indian ODI World Cup squad and nothing short of an impressive IPL will suffice here.

Sandeep Lamichhane only made three appearances last year before really emerging on the world stage but that is likely to change here. The young Napalese legspinner has improved with every tournament he has played and he will be key alongside a strong pace attack containing Rabada, Boult and incoming Ishant Sharma.

What are the question marks for Delhi Capitals coming into IPL 2019?

Delhi simply were not good enough in all facets last year and that was largely down to inexperience and some underperforming overseas players. They have changed many of their overseas players but while their local players are incredibly talented, they are young and raw. The likes of Iyer and PP Shaw have plenty of potential but inexperience in dealing with key moments could hamper them.

How do The Stats Zone think Delhi Capitals will perform in IPL 2019?

For all their inexperience, they do have another year under their belts which should benefit them and they have brought Colin Ingram into the side and he will help lead the team. An improvement is on the cards and if one or two of their younger players do fire, then they could challenge the top four but they are not considered one of the favourites to reach the knockouts.

Prediction

A definite upgrade on last year but likely to miss out on the top four once again.