Delhi Capitals is a professional franchise cricket team based in Delhi that plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The team has never won the IPL title, but reached the playoff in 2012, 2019, and 2021.
The team has a strong batting line-up, featuring players like Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, and Yash Dhull. And a potent bowling attack, led by Anrich Nortje, Kuldeep Yadav, and Lungi Ngidi.
The team is known for its aggressive and fearless brand of cricket, and its motto is “Yeh Hai Nayi Dilli” (This is New Delhi).
Let’s check out DC’s Retained and Released players ahead of the IPL 2024.
Why DC Retained 16 Players to the IPL 2024 Auction?
They wanted to keep their core group intact and build on their recent success. In 2022, the Delhi Capitals was the Runner-up in the final match. But Delhi Capitals loss the match and Mumbai Indians won by 5 wickets.
Some of the key players that Delhi Capitals retained are:
He is one of the best batsmen in the world and a proven leader in the IPL. Warner has scored over 5000 runs in the IPL, with four 100’s and fouty-eight 50’s.
He has also won the Orange Cap three times, in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
David Warner joined Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023 as a replacement for Rishabh Pant, who was injured before the tournament. Warner is a valuable asset for DC, as he brings experience, aggression, consistency and charisma to the team.
He is one of the most talented and explosive wicket-keeper batters in the world. Pant has been playing for Delhi Capitals since 2016 and has been a consistent performer for the franchise.
He has scored 2838 runs in 98 IPL matches, with an average of 34.61 and a strike rate of 147.97. Rishabh has also hit one 100’s and fifteen 50’s.
Pant holds the record for the highest individual score in the IPL – 128 not out against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. Rishabh Pant has also been a reliable wicketkeeper, taking 129 catches and 15 stumpings in the IPL.
He is one of the most skillful and versatile spinners in the world. He can turn the ball both ways, and has a variety of deliveries, such as the googly, the flipper, the topspinner, and the carrom ball.
Yadav can also bowl at different speeds and lengths and adapt to different conditions and formats.
Kuldeep Yadav joined Delhi Capitals in 2022, after playing for Kolkata Knight Riders from 2014 to 2021. He was signed for Rs 5.25 crore in the IPL 2022 auction. Yadav had a successful IPL 2023 season with Delhi Capitals, taking 18 wickets in 14 matches, with an economy rate of 7.22 and a strike rate of 16.33.
These are some of the reasons why Delhi Capitals retained 19 players in the team.
- They have a strong and balanced squad, with experienced and young players in all departments.
- They have also shown faith in some of their underperforming players, who may bounce back in the next season.
- They have also retained their captain David Warner, who led them in IPL 2023 after Rishabh Pant was ruled out due to injury.
- The Capitals are one of the most exciting and promising teams in the IPL, and they will hope to finally lift the trophy in 2024.
Delhi Capitals Retained Players
Why DC Released 11 Players to the IPL 2024 Auction?
DC released 11 players, who either did not perform well, had fitness issues. They wanted to make some changes in their squad and free up some funds for the upcoming bidding process.
Some of the reasons for releasing these players are:
The South African batsman played only 1 match for DC and scored 8 runs. He also had a poor strike rate of 80 and did not fit into the team’s plans.
The West Indian all-rounder played 3 matches for DC and scored 28 runs and took 1 wicket. He had a high economy rate of 10.66 in the IPL 2023.
He played 10 matches for DC and scored 166 runs with a highest score of 50. He was not able to score runs at a quick and strike rate of 107.14.
He played 4 matches for DC and scored 53 runs with a highest score of 30. He was not able to keep up with the required run rate and low strike rate of 85.48.
The English batsman played only two matches for DC and scored 18 runs with a highest score of 14. He was not able to adapt to the Indian conditions.
The Indian all-rounder played only two matches for DC and scored 10 runs and took one wicket. He was not able to make an impact with either bat or ball.
The Bangladesh pacer played only two matches for DC and picked one wicket. He was too expensive with his economy rate of 11.28.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Aman Khan and Chetan Sakariya
These three players played only one match for DC in the IPL 2023. Kamlesh Nagarkoti had fitness issue. Aman Khan, and Chetan Sakariya didn’t take any wicket & had high economy rate.
Delhi Capitals Released Players
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Delhi Capitals Staff and Coach for IPL 2024
Director of Cricket: Sourav Ganguly
Head Coach: Ricky Ponting
Assistant Coaches: Ajit Agarkar, Pravin Amre, Shane Watson
Bowling Coach: James Hopes
Fielding Coach: Biju George
Physiotherapist: Patrick Farhart
Assistant Physiotherapist: Deep Tomar
Doctor: Abhijit Salvi
Analyst: Sriram Somayajula
Team Manager: Siddharth Bhasin
Delhi Capitals have made some bold and strategic decisions by releasing 11 players from their squad. DC have freed up Rs 28.95 crore in their purse which is the third-lowest among all the franchises.
They have created 9 slots in their squad, with 4 overseas slots. DC will look to fill these gaps in the IPL 2024 auction, which will be held on December 19 in Dubai.
They are one of the most exciting and promising teams in the IPL, and they will hope to finally lift the trophy in 2024.
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