IPL 2022: 5 Reasons Why Delhi Capitals (DC) Might Win IPL 2022 Trophy
IPL 2022: Delhi Capitals seemed to have all their bases covered in the last IPL season. When the season got postponed, Delhi Capitals ended with the top position in the points table. Even with the change of venue, it didn’t affect their game and they qualified for playoffs.
Unfortunately, they had to face defeat. If we go in past performances so we see in IPL 2020, DC finished as the runners-up. And in 2019 they got their first playoffs appearance in seven years. But the thing to notice is that all these seasons they had Shreyas Iyer as a leader. And they released him ahead of IPL 2022 Auction. From the second phase of last year’s IPL and ahead, Rishabh Pant will be now the leading team.
Delhi franchise always welcomes the young talents in their squad, so what they can do this year IPL 2022. Former Chennai Super Kings(CSK) player Shardul Thakur was the most expensive addition to DC for the IPL 2022 season. While the team also roped in T20 World Cup stars like David Warner and Mitchell Marsh for a comparatively low price. So we will discuss with you the top five reasons why the ‘Dil Walon ki Dilli’ is the front runner for the IPL 2022 title.
IPL 2022: Five Reasons Why DC Might Win IPL 2022 Trophy
1. Most Explosive Opening pair
It is said in T20 cricket that openers are the commodity with which a team can define their mentality for the game. Having the T20 World Cup man of the tournament David Warner and pocket dynamite Prithvi Shaw in the squad DC already have a blast opening pair. Last season, we already witnessed some accelerated innings of Prithvi. And Shaw has played a significant hand behind DC’s improved status in the tournament. He has 1305 runs in 53 matches so far. Last season he amassed 479 runs at a strike rate of 159.13.
This season with Warner DC can set some giant scores on the scoreboard. The veteran IPL star has been fantastic in the league’s history, winning the orange cap three times. The Australian southpaw has played 150 IPL games scoring 5449 runs at an amazingly brilliant average of 41.6. He was extraordinary for the Hyderabad franchise and was their biggest match-winner. He was one of the 10 marquee players in the IPL 2022 auction. DC picked him for a sum of 6.25 crores, a move that was considered a relatively cheap buy by cricket enthusiasts. Warner also has the experience for the game that he can share with Pant.
2. A Emerging Leader
Rishabh Pant is now a well-established cricketer. He has cemented his place in the Indian cricket team as their first-choice wicket-keeper in all three formats despite having a competition with so many wicket-keeper batters in India. He is only 24 but has won many games single-handedly for India. The whole country expects a lot from him and Pant has been instrumental in DC and India’s many wins. The southpaw captained the DC side in the 2021 season for the first time and the team did well qualifying to the playoffs.
Pant has scored 2079 runs in 68 IPL matches over the years, all of them coming for the Delhi franchise. He had his best season in 2018 when he amassed 684 runs in 14 matches. Delhi Capitals, renamed in 2019 from the erstwhile Delhi Daredevils, reached the play-offs in 2019 with their new-look side and went one better last season by reaching the final.
3. Fast bowling department
Very few IPL franchises can brag of an extremely talented fast bowling attack like the Delhi Capitals. Though Kagiso Rabada will not be a part of the Delhi Capitals fast bowling department in IPL 2022. Now Anrich Nortje will be the head of the bowling department. He got height, pace, bounce everything which a gun fast bowler needs. Nortje has played 24 IPL games and has picked 34 wickets at a bowling average of 20.56. They also have plenty of bowling options to choose from with three left-arm quicks in Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman.
Axar Patel is also in good form. His equation with the DC keeper Rishabh Pant is also loved by the cricket fans. He has played 109 IPL games and has scored 953 runs. He has 95 IPL dismissals to his name as well. Spinner Kuldeep Yadav would be eagerly waiting to perform in IPL after missing the last season. If they can get their balance and choice of first XI right, Capitals should be a force to reckon with.
4. Quality All-Rounders
Mitchell Marsh is in red-hot form since he was given the role of batting at number three by Australian management. He played a vital role in helping Australia seal their first T20 World Cup title in 2021. Marsh is a well-muscled all-around cricketer who can win games both with bat and ball. Marsh has played 21 IPL games and has scored 225 and has picked 20 wickets. This figure is not justifying for him at all. His form was always in question before when he featured in the cash-rich league. But this time around, Marsh is in great touch and can do wonders for his side.
The LORD Shardul Thakur will play for the Delhi Capitals in the 15th edition of the IPL. Shardul did a splendid job for CSK for four years and was one of the favorite players of MS Dhoni in the team. Delhi Capitals bought Thakur for INR 10.75 crore. Almost every team wanted him in their squad and most of the teams had no hesitation to bid for him in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Shardul has played 61 IPL games and he has 67 wickets to his name. His cricket career has been like a roller-coaster ride. He has faced many ups and downs in his career. He will surely be an important member of the Delhi Capitals.
5. Powerful Match Finishers
Rovman Powell is a hard-hitting informed Caribbean batter. He got the power to deliver the ball into the last tier of stands. Powell was in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad for IPL 2017 but he did not get a chance to play. Hopefully, he will get a longer run with the Delhi Capitals side. He has the experience of playing franchise cricket as he has featured in other T20 leagues like the other Caribbean cricketers. He has played for Jamaica Tallawahs, Dhaka Dynamites, Peshawar Zalmi, and Multan Sultans. Recently he became the third West Indies player after Chris Gayle to score a T20I hundred.
Skipper Rishabh Pant will also join the finisher’s job to provide strength to the batting order. While also handling things behind the wickets. He will look to continue his momentum as the squad’s captain and also add some runs to his credit. He got the skills to finish the game with his power-hitting whether to chase or settle a target. He scored 419 runs in 16 matches during the 2021 season.