Delhi Capitals

Last Updated: 12 November 2021

It’s been 13 long years since the start of the IPL and there is one team that has improved a lot over the past 3-4 years with the young blood as their core energy. And that team is Delhi Capitals. Delhi Capitals are one of the eight oldest pillars of the IPL. In 2008, GMR Group bought the Delhi-based franchise for $84 million. Then Indian international Virender Sehwag captained the franchise in the first two seasons.

With players like Sehwag, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Gautam Gambhir, David Warner, and AB de Villiers, Delhi implemented an attacking batting style to qualify for the playoffs of the first two seasons. But the strategy failed apart as the IPL progressed over the years.

In the next 9 seasons, Delhi Capitals, then known as Delhi Daredevils finished at the bottom of the table 4 times. So far Delhi Capitals have played 210 matches – winning 96 and losing 112 with 2 matches ending in no result. The win rate of 46.15% is the second-worst in IPL history just above Punjab Kings.

Delhi Capitals have the second worst win rate in IPL at 46.15%.

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The winds started flowing in Delhi’s direction in 2018 when GMR sold 50% of its stake to the JSW group. Delhi Daredevils revamped the entire structure and changed their name to Delhi Capitals. To send the shots across the IPL universe, they signed Ricky Ponting as their head coach.

Focusing on the young talent they signed and retained Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithwi Shaw, Avesh Khan, and Kagiso Rabada. Well, the rest is history. They finished 3rd in 2019 and 2021 while almost coming close to winning their first IPL title in 2020.

The 2020 IPL season was reckoned by Delhi Capitals. Delhi Capitals players showed their strength at both batting and bowling front. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer scored 618 and 519 runs to send Capitals in the finals with the help of Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada (30 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (22 wickets) who finished a place below his fellow countryman.

It was Mumbai Indians who broke their heart by handing them 4 losses in 4 games in the entire season including the final. By 2020, Delhi Capitals is valued at US$52 million (Approx INR 374 crore). With the amount of work going on and off the field to build the unbeatable Arsenal, it won’t be long for Delhi Capitals to get their hand on their First IPL Trophy.

Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021

After retaining most of their key team players, Delhi Capitals bought 8 players in the auction before the start of IPL2021 including Steve Smith, Tom Curran, and Umesh Yadav. Delhi Capitals started the IPL 2021 Campaign on a high note. They won five out of 7 games in the first installation of the IPL to finish at the top of the table.

13 Oct 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
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Delhi Capitals
Kolkata Knight Riders
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10 Oct 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
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Delhi Capitals
Chennai Super Kings
08 Oct 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore
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Delhi Capitals
04 Oct 2021,
Dubai International Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals
Chennai Super Kings
02 Oct 2021,
Sharjah Cricket Stadium,
Indian Premier League 2021
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Mumbai Indians
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Delhi Capitals

Before the start of the second Installment, Delhi Capitals added Chris Woakes as a replacement for Ben Dwarshuis. Delhi Capitals continued their success from the first instalment and won 5 of their 7 remaining games in UAE to finish at the top of the table with 20 points. But the dominance in the group stage fell apart as Delhi Capitals lost both their playoff games.

In qualifier one, Chennai Super Kings who then went on to become the champions beat Delhi by 4 wickets while chasing a target of 173 runs. In qualifier 2, Venkatesh Iyer’s half-century and Rahul Tripathi’s dramatic second last ball six broke Delhi’s heart once again. Delhi’s bowlers broke their sweat by bowling some outstanding overs to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders, but the target was very low.

Shikhar Dhawan finished his campaign with 587 runs while pacer Avesh Khan caught the eyes of Indian selectors with 24 wickets.

Delhi Capitals Vs Opposition

The below table shows Delhi Capitals’ performance over the years against each opposition.

OppositionPlayedWonLostNRWin %
Chennai Super Kings261016038.46%
Kings XI Punjab281315046.43%
Kolkata Knight Riders301316144.83%
Mumbai Indians301416046.67%
Rajasthan Royals241212050.00%
Royal Challengers Bangalore281017137.04%
Sunrisers Hyderabad20911045.00%
Delhi vs Opposition

Key Points

  • Delhi Capitals have the best win rate – 50% – against Rajasthan Royals with 12 wins and 12 losses in 24 encounters.
  • Delhi’s worst performance over the years has been against RCB with just 37% wins – 10 wins in 28 matches with 17 losses and 1 no-result.
  • Delhi has not won more matches than they lost aganist any of the IPL opposition which sums up their poor performance in the IPL history.

In 14 IPL seasons, Delhi have not won more matches than they have lost against any of the opposition.

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Delhi Capitals Players

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.

Delhi Capitals Team

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.

NameTeamRoleBowling StyleBatting StyleNationalityMatchesRunsRuns AverageWickets
Ajinkya RahaneDelhi CapitalsBatsmanRight-arm mediumRight HandedIndia149393331.711
Prithvi ShawDelhi CapitalsBatsmanOff breakRight HandedIndia3882621.730
Ripal PatelDelhi CapitalsBatsmanRight-arm medium fastRight HandedIndia
Shikhar DhawanDelhi CapitalsBatsmanOff breakLeft HandedIndia176519734.414
Shimron HetmyerDelhi CapitalsBatsmanLeg break googlyLeft HandedWest Indies1727521.150
Shreyas IyerDelhi CapitalsBatsmanLeg break googlyRight HandedIndia79220031.420
Steven SmithDelhi CapitalsBatsmanLeg break googlyRight HandedAustralia95233335.340
Amit MishraDelhi CapitalsBowlerLeg breakRight HandedIndia15036211.67160
Anrich NortjeDelhi CapitalsBowlerRight-arm fastRight HandedSouth Africa167722
Avesh KhanDelhi CapitalsBowlerRight-arm medium fastRight HandedIndia940
Ishant SharmaDelhi CapitalsBowlerRight-arm fast mediumRight HandedIndia90559.1672
Kagiso RabadaDelhi CapitalsBowlerRight-arm fastRight HandedSouth Africa3512512.561
Lukman MeriwalaDelhi CapitalsBowlerLeft-arm fast mediumLeft HandedIndia
Manimaran SiddharthDelhi CapitalsBowlerSlow left-arm orthodoxRight HandedIndia
Pravin DubeyDelhi CapitalsBowlerLeg break googlyRight HandedIndia370
Tom CurranDelhi CapitalsBowlerRight-arm fastRight HandedEngland1010626.59
Umesh YadavDelhi CapitalsBowlerRight-arm fastRight HandedIndia1211228.71119
Axar PatelDelhi CapitalsAll RounderSlow left-arm orthodoxLeft HandedIndia9791318.2680
Chris WoakesDelhi CapitalsAll RounderRight-arm fast mediumRight HandedEngland186310.525
Lalit YadavDelhi CapitalsAll RounderOff breakRight HandedIndia
Marcus StoinisDelhi CapitalsAll RounderRight-arm mediumRight HandedAustralia4682528.4428
Ravichandran AshwinDelhi CapitalsAll RounderOff breakRight HandedIndia15441210.84138
Rishabh PantDelhi CapitalsWicket KeeperRight-arm mediumLeft HandedIndia68207925.230
Sam BillingsDelhi CapitalsWicket KeeperRight HandedEngland2233417.570
Vishnu VinodDelhi CapitalsWicket KeeperRight HandedIndia3196.330

Delhi Capitals Captain

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.

Delhi Capitals by Season

YearPlayedWinsLossesNo result% winPosition
20211610662.5%Qualifier 2

Delhi Capitals Best Players

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.

  • Delhi Capitals Batsman 1000+ Runs
  • PlayerSpanMatchesInnsNORunsHSAveSR100s50s0s4s6s
    SS Iyer2015-20207979922009631.42126.07016518983
    V Sehwag2008-201379795217411929.37160.32115626685
    RR Pant2016-2020686892079128*35.23151.971124183103
    S Dhawan2008-2020474791479106*38.92133.72213616631
    DA Warner2009-2013555551435109*28.7133.11210514658
    G Gambhir2008-20184644411828629.55122.8609214013
    KD Karthik2008-20145649810366925.26126.490628730
    JP Duminy2014-2016383512101578*44.13130.790606243
  • Delhi Capitals Top 10 Bowlers
  • PlayerSpanInnsOversMdnsRunsWktsBBIaveEcon4Wkts5WktsCt
    A Mishra2008-202095327323981005/1723.987.331116
    K Rabada2017-20203513411104614/2118.098.234014
    M Morkel2011-20133714611113454/2024.737.62102
    UT Yadav2010-201346160.521314434/2430.558.161011
    CH Morris2016-2019341220997414/2624.318.171019
    S Nadeem2011-201859200.521480403/16377.360014
    A Nehra2009-2013271011758363/2621.057.5006
    Imran Tahir2014-20162072.20623294/2821.488.61103
    IK Pathan2011-201345157.171191293/2841.067.570016
    PJ Sangwan2008-201028101.41833293/1828.728.19005

Delhi Capitals – 2022 Mega Auctions

Delhi Capitals have decided on their retention before the upcoming IPL mega auction. They have decided to retain Rishabh Pant – who will lead this team, Prithwi Shaw – the opener, Axar Patel – the left-arm spinner, and Anrich Nortje – the South African fast bowler – as the overseas retention. Delhi Capitals is the first franchise to announce 4 retentions for the upcoming IPL-2022.

Shreyas Iyer would have been an automatic pick for Delhi Capitals, however, he chose to head to the Mega Auctions. These retentions would cost Delhi Capitals INR 42 Crore. This means they will head into the Mega Auctions with a purse of INR 48 Crore.

Delhi Capitals Owner

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 that sparked a cascade of events that turned the Delhi Daredevils into 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.

Team Details
  • Indian Premier League Wins: None
  • Best Finish: 2020 (Runner-up), 2019, 2012, 2009 Semifinalists (3rd), 2021 (Qualifiers)
  • Owner: GMR Sports Pvt. Ltd & JSW Sports Pvt Ltd
  • Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla Ground
  • Coach: Ricky Ponting
  • Captain: Rishabh Pant
DC Top Run Scorers 2021
  • Shikhar Dhawan – 587 at 39.13
  • Prithwi Shaw – 479 at 31.93
  • Rishabh Pant – 419 at 34.91

Most runs (and average) in the last IPL from DC.

DC Top Wicket Takers 2021
  • Avesh Khan – 24 at 7.37
  • Axar Patel – 15 at 6.65
  • Kagiso Rabada – 15 at 8.14

Most wickets (and economy) in the last IPL from CSK.

DC Team Stats

Lowest Score – 66

MI 212/3 vs DC 66/10, Cuttack, May 6 2017

Highest Score – 246/5

DC 231/4 vs KXIP 202/6, Delhi, Apr 23 2011

Highest Winning Margin Runs – 97

DC 205/4 vs RPSG 108/10, Pune, Apr 11 2017

Highest Successful Chase – 206

GL 208/7 vs DC 214/3, Delhi, May 4th 2017