Players Bought, Retained, and Released by Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals had a good season last year as they finished third. As a result, they didn’t really need to make a major overhaul to their side as only a few tweaks here and there would have improved the squad considerably.
And in the auction, they did just that as the Capitals made some smart signings to fill in the cracks and become one of the strongest sides in the tournament.
Here are the list of players that Delhi purchased:
Jason Roy – 1.5 crore
Chris Woakes – 1.5 crore
Alex Carey – 2.4 crore
Shimron Hetmyer – 7.75 crore
Mohit Sharma – 50 lakh
Tushar Deshpande – 20 lakh
Marcus Stoinis – 4.8 crore
Lalit Yadav – 20 lakh
Full squad: Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Jason Roy, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer, Tushar Deshpande
The most expensive buy
A look at the signings would reveal that Delhi went heavy for their foreign options. Their most expensive signing was Shimron Hetmyer and he gives them stability in the middle that they lacked last season.
Hetmyer is in excellent form – and that, too, on Indian soil as he is currently playing in India – and would be a superb addition to the team. He is someone who can score runs at a quick rate and change the complexion of the game within a few overs itself.
His presence allows Delhi respite during big chases as Hetmyer’s ability to score runs quickly makes him the ideal player while scoring huge totals.
An overseas party
Delhi have some of the best Indian top-order batsmen in their side and adding Jason Roy to the mix only gives them more strength in depth for the top order. In any other team, Roy would have been a sure starter but in Delhi, he is most likely going to play second-fiddle to Prithvi Shaw and Shikhar Dhawan.
And that is not really a bad thing to have.
Meanwhile, Alex Carey gives the Capitals a backup wicketkeeping option. Delhi already have Rishabh Pant but should the need arise, Carey can easily take over from the Indian international and be equally good for the team as the Australian is someone who is known for his ability to smash the ball with venom.
Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes are the other two overseas stars bought in the auction. The Australian and the Englishman are good all-rounders in their own right.
While the Englishman is a good bowler who can pick wickets at regular intervals and also provide an option with the bat down the order (like Chris Morris did in the previous seasons), Stoinis gives them a strong middle order option with the bat and also a handy bowler with the ball in his hand.
With so many overseas options in the team, Delhi have incredible flexibility in their squad and it would be interesting to see what kind of combination the capital franchise go with.
Mohit Sharma, Tushar Desphande and Lalit Yadav make up the rest of the list and the player that could turn out to be the ace in a hole among these three is local boy Lalit Yadav.
The Delhi youngster has the potential to be a top-class all-rounder for the side. He has an average of nearly 30 and a strike-rate of over 135 with the bat. Meanwhile, he provides a decent off-break option with the ball as he averages exactly 30 in T20s.
Yadav could be the perfect player for the 6-7th spot in the batting line up and it would be interesting to see how Delhi use him.
Finally, Mohit Sharma gives them experience in the bowling department, even though he is not the most consistent of bowlers, while Tushar Deshpande is a good backup for the pace department.
In conclusion, Delhi have ticked all the boxes in the auction and would be raring to start the season with the players that they have at their disposal.