Rishabh Pant has been ruled out injured for at least a week following a grade one hamstring injury.
Against the Mumbai Indians, Ajinkya Rahane was bought into the lineup while Shimron Hetmyer had to make way for Alex Carey.
While the replacements seemed suitable, there were a few flaws within the changes.
Ajinkya Rahane, a brilliant top-order batsman, struggles to get going once the field is spread out. Bringing him into a side where the top three is fixed would mean Rahane would have to bat in the middle overs.
While he is a very steady batsman, playing him in the middle-order may be risky for the Capitals, who prefer a player that can provide momentum.
Against the Mumbai Indians, Rahane was given a chance to bat at three, while Shreyas Iyer dropped down to four. Batting at three allowed Rahane to play in the powerplay and get himself in to make use of the middle-overs.
He couldn’t get going, though, and was out for a run-a-ball 15. Playing Rahane at number three would have another risk. With Shikhar Dhawan at the top of the order, the presence of Rahane would risk the Capitals playing two accumulators.
While Shikhar Dhawan can score quick, he has looked to accumulate runs more this season, and putting Rahane at three with him would risk momentum loss after the powerplay.
The injury to Pant has caused many discussions on the combination of the side while replacing him. The talks resulted in Shimron Hetmyer being left out for Alex Carey, who is a wicketkeeper.
While the change was necessary as they wanted a skilled wicketkeeper in Pant’s place, it meant they had to leave out Shimron Hetmyer, who had been doing a fabulous job as the finisher for the Delhi Capitals.
Shimron Hetmyer has been having a good tournament so far, coming in late and providing the side with some beautiful finishes. In his most recent game, against the Royals, he made 45 runs helping the Capitals get to a competitive score in Sharjah.
With the need of a keeper, Hetmyer had to go out for Carey, resulting in losing a talented and successful finisher.
In his absence, the Capitals could not find the finishing kick against Mumbai and ended with 162. While 162 is a par score, they could have gotten more with a better finish.
In the re-match against the Royals, it will be interesting to see if they bring back their finisher, Shimron Hetmyer.
To do so, they can look at Shimron Hetmyer as the wicketkeeper. He is considered an occasional wicketkeeper and has kept in the past as well. So it will be interesting to see if they try handing him the gloves.
While Carey hasn’t done anything wrong, Hetmyer has been a constant member of a settled side. So bringing him back will allow the Capitals to retain a part of their confident and settled side until Pant recovers from his injury.
Regarding the batting position of Ajinkya Rahane and Shimron Hetmyer, the Capitals have a lot to discuss before their game against the Royals. It will be interesting to see if they risk handing the gloves to Shimron Hetmyer.
Though the Capitals are on the top half of the table, they’ve had issues of their own this season. Rishabh Pant is their fourth player to be injured this season.
His injury follows Ashwin, who was wounded in the tournament’s initial part, and Amit Mishra and Ishant Sharma, who has been ruled out IPL 2020.
They have also lost the services of Jason Roy at the start of the tournament.
The Capitals will be hoping they don’t face further obstacles due to injury.