From wooden spoon in 2018 to 3rd place in 2019, Delhi Capitals have shown that they are one of the most improved sides in the tournament in recent years. The emergence of Rishabh Pant and the smart work by the management at the auctions and during transfer window have been some of the major factors of this change.
Going into the thirteenth edition, Delhi are considered to have one of the strongest spin attacks. But do they have the arsenal to handle quality spin with the bat? Here we look at how each of their batsmen has fared against different bowling types since 2018:
- Rishabh Pant has set the stage on fire in the last two editions. Scoring nearly 40 runs per innings on an average at a strike rate of 168.88 (one of the highest in the tournament), Pant has been a sensation for Delhi. the match-winner will be expected to continue his terrific run and his performance holds the key to Delhi’s fortunes.
- The likes of Iyer and Dhawan have done reasonably well, with Prithvi Shaw rising up to the occasion at times. They will need all 4 of them to fire this season as the batting below Pant looks a little vulnerable.
- Whether they use Rahane at the top will be interesting to watch, given he has been more consistent and can play the role of an anchor on the slow and low pitches in UAE.
- There is no glaring weakness against right-arm pace for Delhi Capitals. Pant and Stoinis have 150-plus strike rates while no one except Hetmyer has a strike rate below 125.
- The only area of improvement can be the dismissal rates for the likes of Shaw and Iyer. Iyer can also work a bit on his scoring rate.
- Unlike the right-arm pacers, the left-armers have troubled the DC batsmen quite a lot, in terms of dismissal rates.
- While Shaw and Pant score at a 190-plus strike rate, they get out every 16 and 10 balls respectively. Iyer struggles with both scoring rate as well as dismissal rate.
- Dhawan has been the best option against left-arm quicks for DC. He gets out once every 34 balls and scores at a strike rate of 150. Hetmyer in the small sample has done well too.
- Delhi’s middle order mainstays Pant and Iyer have beeb good against the offies, Pant being the more aggressive one and Iyer the more stable one.
- Dhawan and Rahane need to better their dismissal rate. A good indication that opposition should start with off-spin against Dhawan. Shaw’s scoring rate isn’t very high either.
- The overseas recruits Hetmyer and Stoinis have struggled too, both scoring at sub-100 strike rates.
- Rishabh Pant, who has staggering numbers against all other bowling types, has been troubled a bit by the left-arm orthodox spinners. He gets out once every 22.5 balls and scores at a strike rate of 133.33, which much slower than the rate against other bowlers.
- To counter left-arm spin, Delhi’s best answer is Dhawan, who scores at a 160-plus strike rate and gets dismissed once every 35 balls.
- Skipper Iyer has the stability needed at one end. Rahane scores at a decent pace but needs to work on his dismissal rate.
- Wrist spin has been DC’s nemesis since 2018, with Pant taking on the wrist spinners almost single handedly. The wicket-keeper scores at a strike rate of 165.41 and gets dismissed once every 32 balls.
- All others have been vulnerable against wrist spin in terms of dismissal rate, with Iyer, Dhawan, Shaw and Stoinis maintaining a decent pace.
- Hetmyer has the potential to take on wrist spin along with Pant in middle overs. If both of them get going, spinners will have a tough time on the field.
Overall, Delhi Capitals have a decent lineup with Pant being the enforcer and Iyer being the anchor. Dhawan has done reasonably well too, but as a senior player he needs to better his dismissal rate. DC have a lineup which if cleverly used can complement well to negate the spin threat.
The only issue which might haunt them is the batting order. If they get that right, this Delhi team is as dangerous as any other side, thanks to the presence of a certain Rishabh Pant, who has one of the best strike rates among Indians and has been consistent too.