Betting on the Delhi Capitals might seem strange as they are yet to win an IPL title, but this season may be their best chance of IPL glory.
Our team guide will tell you everything you need to know about the side captained by Shreyas Iyer and why their fortunes may be about to change.
There are eight sides competing in the IPL this year.
The Delhi Capitals are priced at 6.5 in the IPL betting odds to go all the way and win the competition, putting them as the third favourites to win the crown behind five-time champions Mumbai Indians and three-time finalists Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Given the Capitals’ form last season in reaching the final, their odds are solid and provide value. Iyer and his team could well go one better this time around to claim their maiden IPL title.
Iyer leads a talented team that has been bolstered in the IPL 2021 auction. Australian superstar Steve Smith was signed following his release by Rajasthan Royals. Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav and Sam Billings were also added to the Delhi Capitals team. Chris Woakes should be available again after opting out of the IPL 2020 season.
One of the primary reasons the Delhi Capitals betting odds are priced at 6.5 is because of the strength of their bowling attack. Kagiso Rabada won the Purple Cap in the IPL 2020 season after taking 27 wickets. The South African was nothing short of outstanding, while his compatriot Anrich Nortje was equally impressive.
Ravichandran Ashwin continues to operate at a high level. He will no doubt be on top form once more. Axar Patel can become a key contributor as the 27-year-old flashed his ability in India’s Test series win over England alongside Ashwin. It would not be a surprise to see Patel top the IPL 2021 stats for wicket-taking and become a potential MVP candidate.
Delhi Capitals proved last season they have the mettle to make a run to the IPL final. They lacked the experience to overcome Mumbai in the final. However, Delhi Capitals betting odds of 6.5 suggest bookmakers view last year’s finalists as strong contenders to win IPL 2021.
Delhi Capitals team possesses a raft of quality in all departments. On paper, head coach Ricky Ponting and skipper Iyer have one of the strongest, if not the strongest roster, for the IPL 2021 campaign.
Shikhar Dhawan became the first player to score back-to-back centuries in the IPL last season. In the process, he led the Delhi Capitals statistics for most runs with 618. At 35, he shows no sign of slowing down, and will once again be a force at the top of the order.
Iyer also enjoyed a brilliant campaign in IPL 2020 with 519 runs, finishing fourth in the IPL statistics for runs scored. The 26-year-old has proven to be an outstanding leader on the field, and an accomplished batsman. He has all the tools at his disposal to chase the Orange Cap in IPL 2021.
The addition of Smith will add experience to the batting ranks that were lacking beyond the top order. The Australian is not as potent in the IPL as he has been at Test level for the Baggy Greens, but he will be more than useful for the Capitals.
Rishabh Pant continues to astound with his strokeplay, and his finishing ability could make the difference for Iyer and his team in close matches.
Ashwin and Patel tormented England in their Test series between February and March. Ashwin was off the boil in IPL 2020, taking 13 wickets at an average of 30.20. The off-spinner is a much better player than those IPL statistics suggest. He should be a leading contender in the IPL betting odds to pursue to Purple Cap alongside his teammate Rabada.
Patel has been too quiet in the IPL, failing to make a significant impression in the competition. It is time for him to deliver to press Delhi Capitals’ claim to win IPL 2021.
Rabada was superb last season, notching 27 wickets. The South African led the Delhi Capitals stats for most wickets for the second year in a row, previously taking 25 scalps in IPL 2019. He is still not at the peak of his powers, which is great news for Iyer and the Capitals, but a frightening proposition for their rivals.
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It’s a pretty rich Delhi Capitals roster that Ponting and co can count on, but these would be the three players most important to their fortunes in this campaign.
Since Iyer inheriting the captaincy from Gautam Gambhir, he has led the Capitals to dramatic improvements on the field. In 2019, he guided the franchise to the post-season, and in IPL 2020, Iyer led the charge for his team into the IPL final.
The experience of the Mumbai Indians prevailed, but the Capitals will have been richer for the experience, and no one will be more determined than Iyer to lead them to their maiden IPL crown. Iyer scored an impressive 519 runs in IPL 2020. The Delhi Capitals skipper is more than capable of leading the competition in runs in the 2021 campaign.
Dhawan continued to excel in the IPL in the 2020 campaign, reeling off his best year in the competition. He became the first player to score back-to-back IPL centuries, recording the feats against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.
Dhawan’s highest IPL score came against the Kings XI when he notched 106 in a winning effort. Over the course of IPL 2020, he scored 618 runs, which placed him second behind Lokesh Rahul in the race for the Orange Cap. There’s plenty more to come from the left-hander at the top of the Capitals order.
Rabada is developing into one of the great fast bowlers in the world. Certainly in the IPL, he has flourished over the last two seasons. In 2019, he claimed 25 wickets narrowly missing out on the Purple Cap. However, he atoned for his near miss by notching 27 wickets last term to lead the IPL statistics for wickets and claim the prize.
The South African will hold the key for the Delhi Capitals prospects this term. His partnership with Anrich Nortje will be vital in opening the innings. If they can set a tone it will allow Ashwin, Patel and potentially Woakes and Marcus Stoinis to relax into their roles. Wicket-takers are worth their weight in gold in T20 cricket. Rabada is one of the best in the business.
The Delhi Capitals are not one of the IPL’s high-flyers. They’ve contested every single edition since the inaugural season back in 2008 and made their first final in 2020.
They finished fourth and first in the group stages in the first two editions with the Indian trio of Dhawan, Gambhir and Virender Sehwag providing a luxurious top three that got the side off to many a good start. But on both occasions, they were knocked out at the semi-final stage.
In 2010 and 2011 they failed to make it out of the group stages, but in 2012 they made the play-offs again after topping the group. They got two bites of the cherry and only needed to beat either the Kolkata Knight Riders or the Chennai Super Kings in order to make the final. They failed to win either.
The one they really should have won was the Qualifier 1 when they were set a very chaseable 163 against Kolkata, only for a top order collapse to leave just Mahela Jayawardene to row against the tide, while his other batting partners came and went. His 40 off 33 balls wasn’t enough to get them over the line.
The next six seasons were riddled with failures. Remarkably, in each of those six seasons, they somehow finished rock bottom in each. This is why their third-place finish in the group stages in 2019, then reaching the final in 2020 was such a significant upturn in fortunes for a side who has suffered so much over the years.
The Capitals lost by five wickets against Mumbai Indians in a close game. They were punished for a slow end to their innings, which could have added an extra 10 runs to their total. It proved to be the difference as Rohit Sharma led the Indians to victory.
It will be interesting to see whether the Capitals have learned lessons from their failure in IPL 2020.
In April 2011, the Delhi Capitals posted their highest IPL total, scoring 231 runs after batting first. David Warner and Virender Sehwag both scored exactly 77 runs each to get them off to a flyer with Y Venugopala Rao adding another 28 runs off just 15 balls.
Kings XI Punjab made an excellent fist of chasing their target, eventually getting to 202 after 20 overs, but fell short. The Capitals came close to beating their record in IPL 2020, scoring 228-4 from their 20 overs against Kolkata Knight Riders.
Given their lack of success over the years, awards have been thin on the ground for the Capitals’ players. But South African fast bowler Morne Morkel, one of the Delhi Capitals’ best players, topped the bowling charts in 2012, after taking 25 wickets. Fellow South African Kagiso Rabada repeated this achievement in 2020 with 27 scalps to his name.
In 2018, Pant came close to picking up the Orange Cap for most runs; only Kane Williamson scored more than his 684. Dhawan also finished second in the Orange Cap running, finishing 52 runs off the pace of IPL 2020 leading run-scorer Lokesh Rahul.
Top 3 facts about the Delhi Capitals
Now we’ve gone through all the numbers and essential info, it’s time to round up how we think the Delhi Capitals will perform this campaign.
So, do the Capitals have what it takes to go all the way this year?
Delhi Capitals have strength throughout their squad with a solid blend of experience and youth on their side. Their batting ranks led by Dhawan and Iyer have been further bolstered by the signing of Smith. The Aussie has a winning mentality and will be key in the middle overs in rotating the strike. Pant is there in the closing overs alongside Stoinis to provide fireworks with blockbuster striking out of the ground.
Rabada leads a talented bowling attack alongside his compatriot Nortje. The two South Africans were deadly with ball in hand in terms of wickets, although they need to work on keeping runs off the board. If they can do that, then the Capitals will be tough to beat. Ashwin and Patel provide them with outstanding spinners that are in prime form heading into IPL 2021.
Based on the quality of their side, it’s clear to see why Delhi Capitals betting odds make the team joint-second favourites to win IPL 2021.
The Capitals are owned by the GMR Group, an infrastructural company, and the JSW Group, one of India’s largest businesses.
They changed their name to the Capitals (from the Daredevils) to reflect the importance of the city of Delhi as the capital of India.
Batsman Shreyas Iyer will continue as the captain for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021.
Virender Sehwag took a record 30 catches in 86 matches between 2008 and 2013.