As the excitement for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 builds, former India batter Aakash Chopra has lauded the Delhi Capitals for assembling what he believes is a “destructive top order.” Last season’s underwhelming performance, where the Delhi-based franchise finished second-from-bottom, seems to be a thing of the past as they look to start afresh in the upcoming season.

Revamping their squad significantly at the mini-auction, Delhi Capitals have brought in fresh faces like Harry Brook, Tristan Stubbs, Ricky Bhui, Kumar Kushagra, and Rasikh Dar, alongside experienced campaigners such as Jhye Richardson, Sumit Kumar, Shai Hope, and Swastik Chhikara. However, it’s worth noting that Harry Brook, one of the anticipated top order batsmen, will not participate this season, having chosen to mourn his grandmother’s passing instead.

They have a destructive top order. Prithvi Shaw just hits. He has even hit six fours in an over. He did that against Shivam Mavi. Form – things have changed a lot from last year to this year. If David Warner wishes to hit, he does that very well. He didn’t make up his mind to do that last year

Aakash Chopra, YouTube

The return of skipper Rishabh Pant after missing the 2023 season due to a car crash is expected to give the team a massive boost. Pant’s aggressive batting style and leadership are key to Delhi Capitals‘ structure, and his presence solidifies a top-five batting order that can stand toe-to-toe with the best in the league.

Jake Fraser-McGurk also joins the Capitals as a strategic replacement for Lungi Ngidi, who withdrew from the tournament, showcasing the team’s depth and ability to adapt to unexpected changes.

Aakash Chopra, known for his deep insights into the game, has backed Prithvi Shaw to make a notable impact this season. Shaw, alongside his teammates, forms part of what could be one of the most formidable opening combinations in this edition of the IPL.

Mitchell Marsh also drives his car in the flying gear. After that, Rishabh Pant. I have named him Rishabh ‘destructive’ Pant in any case. If I keep Tristan Stubbs at No. 5, his batting also stuns everyone. So the top five are absolutely mind-blowing

Aakash Chopra, YouTube

Delhi Capitals start their campaign against Punjab Kings at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Stadium in Mohali on Saturday, March 23, 2024. With their top order packed with talent and potential, the Capitals are eager to leave the memories of last season behind and embark on a quest for glory that has long eluded them.

The anticipation and expectations are sky-high as the Capitals gear up for their opening clash. The cricket community will be watching closely to see if their “destructive top order” will indeed deliver on the promise and propel them to the coveted IPL trophy.

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