IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals Start well but Struggle Later

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals finish as runners in IPL 2020

Where They Finished:

Runner-up in the tournament and second on the points table.

Season Overview:

The Delhi Capitals have put together a strong outfit over the last two seasons.

This season the bowling looked stronger with the south African pace pair of Nortje and Rabada.

The season started well for the capitals as they dominated the first half of the season.

They stayed at the top of the points table and blew teams away with explosive batting and aggressive bowling.

The side lost Rishabh Pant for a few games, which is when the slide started.

The team composition required a change to play their overseas wicket-keeper.

The Delhi Capitals lost the momentum created in the first half and struggled towards the end.

The batting looked didn’t click, and the side lost a string of games.

Little doubts regarding qualification started to come up, as they lost four in four, and the lower-ranked teams started winning.
The side managed to beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore, allowing them to finish second in the league.

Positives:

Shikhar Dhawan had a wonderful IPL with 618 runs


The batting approach in the first half of the season looked good as the players-maintained aggression when they were high on confidence.

Shikhar Dhawan returned to form towards the second half.

During the first half of the tournament, he managed to get starts in each game but failed to convert until later in the match.

His return to form was crucial as the other batsmen struggled towards the end of the season.

He hit two centuries in a row and along with four half-centuries.

The bowling unit has done an excellent job for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020.

With Rabada, Nortje, Ashwin, and Axar Patel, the bowling attack was possibly the best after the Mumbai Indians.

The bowling has variety and is vital during the end overs.

A fighting win against the Royals is an example of bowling talent.

The side managed to defend 39 off thirty balls through good death bowling.

Marcus Stoinis’s performance in IPL 2020 has also provided Delhi Capitals with an all-rounder for the future.

Axar Patel has been another player who has silently done an excellent job.

He bowled a tight spell and created pressure on his opposition without being noticed.

His efforts have been underrated throughout the tournament but were crucial to the other bowlers who feasted on Patel’s pressure.

Negatives:

The batting towards the second half began to show its inconsistency.

Players struggled to get big shttps://cricketwinner.net/ipl-2020-2/cores, and it was just Dhawan, left to carry the batting with his brilliance.

Prithvi Shaw started the tournament well and looked promising.

He couldn’t carry his excellent form as he struggled after the initial games.

His struggle affected the Delhi Capitals as they struggled to build a strong opening partnership.

Though Rishabh Pant didn’t have the best of seasons, his injury affected the Delhi Capitals.

His absence forced the Capitals to leave out Hetmyer, to bring Alex Carey into the side.

Star Performers:

Kagiso Rabada bagged the purple cap with thirty wickets

Shikhar Dhawan:

Dhawan was slow but consistent to start.

He hit some thirties in the first few games but at lower strike-rates.

His form picked up mid-season as he started scoring at a higher strike-rate.

Shikhar Dhawan’s trademark cover drives and off-side strokes returned.

He finished the season with 618 runs and is second on the run-scoring charts.

Kagiso Rabada:

Kagiso Rabada has been one of the best bowlers in IPL 2020.

He led the bowling attack with thirty wickets and finished with the purple cap.

He was successful in the death overs and has also formed a good partnership with Anrich Nortje.

The Delhi Capitals pacer was the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2019; he went on to finish better.

His aggressive bowling is what made the Delhi Capitals possess one of the strongest bowling line-ups in IPL 2020

Axar Patel:

On a side with quality pacers like Rabada and Nortje, along with a world-class spinner like Ashwin, a bowler like Axar would have found it challenging to get noticed.

Axar Patel has been a part of the IPL for quite a few years and is growing each season.

His left-arm spin provided variety to a bowling attack that has a smart spinner and two strike bowlers.

Axar Patel took up the role of quiet bowling overs, creating pressure for others to thrive on.

He picked up nine wickets this season but bowled at an economy rate of just 6.41.

He pitched the ball in the right areas and has been a formidable bowler to get away in IPL 2020.

Things to Look at for the Future:

The Delhi Capitals line-up looks well balanced with a nice mix of batsmen and bowlers.

Consistency with the bat is something they’d need to work on.

The Delhi Capitals tried Pravin Dubey, Tushar Deshpande, and Harshal Patel as fifth bowlers this season and may look for a few other bowling options in the auction.

A back-up Indian wicket-keeper may also help the Delhi Capitals.

In Pant’s absence, they had to make several changes to fit in an overseas keeper.

Changes to the eleven disrupted the flow, which could have been avoided if they had an Indian wicket-keeper to fill in for a few games.

Sanjay Sanapoori

A mechanical engineering student, who has immense love for cricket. Been a fan of the game since 2009 and would love to stay involved with Cricket someway or the other.