- Indian Premier League Wins: None
- Best Finish: 2019, 2012, 2009 Semifinalists (3rd)
- Owner: GMR Sports Pvt .Ltd & JSW Sports Pvt Ltd
- Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
- Coach: Ricky Ponting
- Captain: Shreyas Iyer
Last Updated: 30 September 2021
The Delhi Capitals formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils and famously dubbed by IPL commentator Danny Morrison as the “Double Ds” graced the IPL 2019 season with a whole new look.
The Delhi Daredevils was one of the original eight teams that were created when the IPL launched in 2008, the rebranding of the franchise is down two factors, which consists of a new meaning for the franchise and change of ownership. With that said, the Delhi Capitals is the only IPL team who have yet to make an appearance in an IPL final.
The Delhi Capitals has only reached the playoffs of the IPL four times in the last 12 years. The Delhi Capitals have played 176 matches in the IPL from the period of 2008-2019, which they have won only 76 matches giving them a 43%-win rate.
The Delhi Capitals next matches for the IPL 2021 season are:
IN: Shreyas Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin
OUT: Aniruddha Joshi
Over the last few years, Delhi Capitals have been very consistent. Ever since their name changed from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi Capitals in 2019, they have been quite consistent. They qualified for the playoffs for the first time in seven years in 2019 before reaching their first-ever final in 2020. That consistency continued in the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Delhi Capitals who were without regular skipper Shreyas Iyer surged to the top of the points table. Rishabh Pant was the man leading the side as Delhi won six out of their eight encounters they played in the first half of this 14th season of the Indian T20 extravaganza.
The batting was driven by the openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw who were superb, individually and also as an opening pair. Rishabh Pant chipped in decently while the likes of Steve Smith and Shimron Hetmyer contributed here and there. Meanwhile, the bowling was very good and that drove the side. Avesh Khan was highly impressive and led the charge with the ball. Kagiso Rabada fared well while the spin twins Axar Patel and Amit Mishra were excellent as well.
They will be looking to continue from where they left off in the first half. With 12 points from eight games, they are sitting pretty at the top of the points table.
The 2020 finalists also see the return of the Indian superstars. Shreyas Iyer who missed the first half due to a shoulder injury is all set to return to action. However, there are reports going around that Rishabh Pant might continue to be the captain as he led the team well in the first half. In addition to this, Ravichandran Ashwin also returns to the side. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner played five games in the first half before he withdrew from the tournament due to personal reasons.
Delhi Capitals have had a splendid start to this 2021 season. They will surely be one of the favourites to make it to the playoffs. With six games remaining, they need only a couple of games to guarantee themselves a spot in the top four. However, the Rishabh Pant-led side will be eyeing a two-spot which will give them two shots at making their second successive final of the IPL. Moreover, they will be one of the top candidate to win their maiden IPL title as well.
Delhi Capitals hit a jackpot after landing Steve Smith for INR 2.2 crore ($303 k). RCB who started the first bidding of the auction backed out after Delhi canceled out their bid. The deal was so confusing, that DC had to spend INR 20 lakhs only (10% more than his base price). The middle-order of DC didn’t click last season as such.
Over-dependence on Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer hurt their chances to win the first-ever IPL title. The inclusion of Steve Smith might turn out to be effective against the inconsistent Shimron Hetmyer.
Smith who took Rising Pune Supergiant to the finals of IPL 2017, will come in handy to reduce the workload on captain Shreyas Iyer. With his inclusion, Delhi made sure their international players’ lineup for the upcoming IPL which will include Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada & Anrich Nortje.
DC picked up Indian pacer Umesh Yadav for his base price of INR 1 crore to team up with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. Though he will be used as a backup option for Ishant Sharma, DC made sure not to lose the tempo if any of their bowlers get injured. DC spent most of their money on British bowling all-rounder Tom Curran.
The deal cost them INR 5.35 crore ($737 k). Spending this much on a backup for Stoinis was one of the safest moves DC pulled off in this auction. Having released Alex Carey, Delhi was left without a backup for Rishabh Pant. To overcome this issue, they signed Sam Billings for INR 2 crores ($ 275 k).
They also went for Kerala wicket-keeper Vishnu Vinod to keep their team combination of international players in-tact.
To complete their team roaster DC bought Ripal Patel, M Siddharth (Tamilnadu’s leading wicket-taker in domestic T20s this season), and Lukman Meriwala (who grabbed the eyes with his 5 wickets for 8 runs against Chattisgadh in SMAT).
(Purse – INR 13.4 Cr., Purse at the end – INR 2.15 Cr., Players Signed: 8)
Since the Delhi Capitals had rebranded themselves, it has come very apparent, that they are pushing the development of homegrown Indian players, as to suppose to the IPL norm of spending ludicrous amounts of money on superstar players from India and overseas. The Delhi Capitals is one of the youngest squads out of all the IPL teams.
It will put them in good stead for the future, but it does make you wonder how they will perform in the present. Arguably, their performance in the IPL 2019 season was a glimpse of what a talented team that needs just a bit of developing can achieve and a fraction of the price other teams have spent.
The national India teams as they are getting their grassroots players to play in the worlds biggest T20 tournament. And the Delhi Capitals squad is shaping into a great introduction for these players – this can only be good for Indian cricket.
The Delhi capitals team has seen a lot of great players join them, with Indian batting legend Virender Sehwag being the first captain and led the side for their first two seasons. Sehwag returned as captain for the Delhi Capitals in 2013 as his former replacement Gautam Gambhir left the Delhi Capitals for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
When you take a look back at the players Delhi Capitals have had at their disposable over the years it is beggars believe how they have not reached an IPL final.
The likes of David Warner, Paul Collingwood, AB De Villiers, Glenn McGrath and the list goes on. With that said, they have changed their outlook, and there seems to be some fresh air around the team.
|Name||Team||Role||Bowling Style||Batting Style||Nationality||Matches||Runs||Runs Average||Wickets|
|Ajinkya Rahane||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Right-arm medium||Right Handed||India||149||3933||31.71||1|
|Prithvi Shaw||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Off break||Right Handed||India||38||826||21.73||0|
|Ripal Patel||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Right-arm medium fast||Right Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Shikhar Dhawan||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Off break||Left Handed||India||176||5197||34.41||4|
|Shimron Hetmyer||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Leg break googly||Left Handed||West Indies||17||275||21.15||0|
|Shreyas Iyer||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Leg break googly||Right Handed||India||79||2200||31.42||0|
|Steven Smith||Delhi Capitals||Batsman||Leg break googly||Right Handed||Australia||95||2333||35.34||0|
|Amit Mishra||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Leg break||Right Handed||India||150||362||11.67||160|
|Anrich Nortje||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||South Africa||16||7||7||22|
|Avesh Khan||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Right-arm medium fast||Right Handed||India||9||4||–||0|
|Ishant Sharma||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed||India||90||55||9.16||72|
|Kagiso Rabada||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||South Africa||35||125||12.5||61|
|Lukman Meriwala||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Left-arm fast medium||Left Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Manimaran Siddharth||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Slow left-arm orthodox||Right Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Pravin Dubey||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Leg break googly||Right Handed||India||3||7||–||0|
|Tom Curran||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||England||10||106||26.5||9|
|Umesh Yadav||Delhi Capitals||Bowler||Right-arm fast||Right Handed||India||121||122||8.71||119|
|Axar Patel||Delhi Capitals||All Rounder||Slow left-arm orthodox||Left Handed||India||97||913||18.26||80|
|Chris Woakes||Delhi Capitals||All Rounder||Right-arm fast medium||Right Handed||England||18||63||10.5||25|
|Lalit Yadav||Delhi Capitals||All Rounder||Off break||Right Handed||India||–||–||–||–|
|Marcus Stoinis||Delhi Capitals||All Rounder||Right-arm medium||Right Handed||Australia||46||825||28.44||28|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||Delhi Capitals||All Rounder||Off break||Right Handed||India||154||412||10.84||138|
|Rishabh Pant||Delhi Capitals||Wicket Keeper||Right-arm medium||Left Handed||India||68||2079||25.23||0|
|Sam Billings||Delhi Capitals||Wicket Keeper||–||Right Handed||England||22||334||17.57||0|
|Vishnu Vinod||Delhi Capitals||Wicket Keeper||–||Right Handed||India||3||19||6.33||0|
The Delhi Capitals captain is Shreyas Iyer who made his IPL debut back in 2015. Shreyas was bought by Delhi Daredevils in 2015 for ₹2.6 crores making him the highest-earning uncapped players in the IPL.
In his debut season, he put together a string of consistent performances racking up 439 runs in 14 matches, which led him to receive the emerging player of 2015 award. Fast forward three years and Shreyas was announced the Delhi Capitals captain replacing the departing Gautam Gambhir, making him the fourth-youngest IPL captain at just 23 years old.
On his debut as captain, it couldn’t have gone any better for Shreyas, as he smashed 93 runs off just 40 balls and Delhi Daredevils won their match against KKR for more information) Shreyas has proven age is only a number as he has now led Delhi Capitals to their first playoff for seven years. Although they did not reach the final, the prospect of Shreyas being the man to land Delhi Capitals their first IPL trophy is very high.
Cricket Betting are providing you with the latest team analysis and information to help assist your betting performance. We have published a full review of all the past few years matches featuring the Delhi Capitals Vs all other IPL teams.
The analyses include match predictions, live match broadcast lists, head to head and match results. Each of our IPL team pages will consist of all the head to head fixtures, both home and way – 56 fixtures in all. Accompanying the head to head reviews will be live odds and betting tips on each game.
|Chennai Super Kings||2008-2020||23||15||8||0||65.21|
|Kings XI Punjab||2008-2020||26||15||10||0||59.61|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||2008-2020||25||10||14||0||42|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||2008-2020||25||13||10||1||56.25|
The Capitals enjoyed a great 2020 IPL finishing as losing finalists to the standout team, Mumbai Indians. DC are well set for the 2021 season with a solid squad. We expect thm to make the finals again and this time go on and win it.
|4||Royal Challengers Bangalore||14||7||7||0||0||-0.172||14|
|5||Kolkata Knight Riders||14||7||7||0||0||-0.214||14|
|6||Kings XI Punjab||14||6||8||0||0||-0.162||12|
|7||Chennai Super Kings||14||6||8||0||0||-0.455||12|
The DC v MI fixture is one of the most hotly contested matches. Delhi is the perennial underachievers, while Mumbai Indians the perpetual over achievers. Two big cities, two big teams and only one winner.
The DC vs RR fixtures of late have been very one sided affairs with Delhi easily accounting for the Royals. This is likely to continue if the Rajasthan Royals don’t improve their squad in the IPL auction for the 2020 season. We are hoping the DC vs RR clash will be like 2015 when the mathces were far closer.
One of the highlights in the 2020 IPL edition will surely be the DC vs SRH clash. It’s a match featuring the best New Zealand has to offer with Kane Williamson from SRH up against Colin Munro and Trent Boult. This should be a really interesting game. Its bound to be a bowlers match with low scores.
The 2019 DC vs RCB fixtures all went the way of the Delhi Capitals. This was preceded by a five-game RCB winning streak. Of course, the two wins didn’t help DC win the title, but it was a significant turnaround.
Delhi Capitals by Season
|Year||Played||Wins||Losses||No result||% win||Position|
The Delhi Capitals best players have changed drastically over the years. If I were to tell you the Delhi Capitals best players, you would recognise their names due to their achievements in international cricket.
However, if I were asked about the Delhi Capitals players as of 2019this would be the players who have found themselves and made themselves know through their efforts in the IPL. Let’s start with Shreyas Iyer, who has seen himself the captain of an IPL franchise at the age of just 25 and has only come to the spotlight of limited-overs cricket in the past three years, he led by example in 2019 is the second-highest runs scorer and almost guided them to their first IPL final, hats off to you Iyer.
Another young buck who has come through the ranks is 24-year-old South African Kagiso Rabada. Rabada has broken into the South Africa cricket team and is now their spearhead of the attack, the same goes for his role for the Delhi Capitals. He was the leading wicket-taker for DC in 2019 with 25 wickets, just one short of being the highest wicket-taker of the tournament, with Imran Tahir leading the way with 26 wickets but playing five matches more.
The Delhi Capitals owner has recently switched hands as of 2018, with 50% of ownership transferred to the JSW group for ₹550 crore. It was this change of ownership which sparked a cascade of events that turned the Delhi Daredevils to the Delhi Capitals. The other owners of the Delhi based cricket team, GMR group, embarked on a rebranding campaign to revive a team that has underperformed in the IPL and provide a fresh start.