DC Season Preview: Delhi Capitals to MISS Rishabh Pant, David Warner to BANK on Marsh & Axar as DC EYE Coveted title – Follow IPL 2023 LIVE Updates

DC Season Preview: IPL 2023 – Rishabh Pant’s absence considerably reduces Delhi Capitals‘ chances in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League…

DC Season Preview: DC to MISS Rishabh Pant, David Warner to BANK on Marsh & Axar as DC EYE Coveted title, IPL 2023 LIVE, DC Dquad, DC Playing XI, DC Schedule

DC Season Preview: IPL 2023 – Rishabh Pant’s absence considerably reduces Delhi Capitals‘ chances in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League as the fear factor associated with the franchise won’t be there this time round. What could affect the Ricky Ponting-coached side even more is the lack of quality Indian pacers in the team, which will start its campaign against Lucknow Super Giants on April 1. Follow Indian Premier League 2023 Live Updates with InsideSport.IN.

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While Mitchell Marsh and Kuldeep Yadav’s form will boost DC’s morale, not being able to find an ideal Indian replacement for Pant will certainly give the think tank sleepless nights. One thing that could turn out to be a disadvantage for Delhi Capitals is the ‘Impact Player’ rule as some of their veterans are not up to scratch in terms of being an X-factor either with bat or ball. To be honest, DC’s success will depend more on their four overseas players than the Indian talent that’s there in its cupboard.


The presence of three foreigners with ability to win games singlehandedly is DC’s biggest plus point. Mitchell Marsh could be the enforcer in the powerplay and his power-hitting in top three is something that DC will bank upon. If he could slip in an over or two, all the more better.

DC Season Preview: DC to MISS Rishabh Pant, David Warner to BANK on Marsh & Axar as DC EYE Coveted title, IPL 2023 LIVE, DC Squad, DC Playing XI, DC Schedule

David Warner, since the time he started playing IPL has rarely had a bad season save one where he fell foul with the Sunrisers Hyderabad management. Anrich Nortje is one of the scariest pacers in world cricket and with an average speed of 150 clicks, he will be dangerous on most days, although there is a likelihood that the batters would use his pace to good effect on smaller grounds.


Rishabh Pant’s absence cannot be compensated and head coach Ricky Ponting during the media session was very clear that he can’t “joke” or “gloss over” the fact that Pant is irreplaceable in this set-up as a No. 4 batter and also a leader.

The problem in Pant’s absence is the lack of an Indian second wicketkeeper, something the recruiters perhaps failed to factor in during the auction, as no one could have envisaged a horrific accident for the world’s numero uno keeper-batter.

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DC has Phill Salt in its roster and he is a very useful T20 cricketer with a good record in the little cricket he has played in the sub-continent (Pakistan). But paying an overseas keeper means that DC will not be able to use a specialist foreign bowler in the playing XI while fielding.

Hence it is imperative that keepers like Barinder Vivek Singh or Luvnith Sisiodia do well in trials and give them an option to play a foreign bowler like Mustafizur Rahaman, who is brilliant at the death.


For Prithvi Shaw, this edition could be an acid test as he has the chance to get rid of all the negative perceptions that have followed him since he found stardom as an India U-19 captain five summers back. His contemporary Shubman Gill has become a star in the senior team set-up and Shaw, who is supremely talented, would love to make the best use of it. Ponting feels that his ward is working hard enough and he could see a spark in him like never before. This could be a season of redemption for Shaw.


Pace bowling is one department where DC is really short on quality in terms of Indian players. With Avesh Khan going to LSG and Shardul Thakur traded to KKR, DC will have to depend on Nortje and Mustafizur in the pace and seam bowling department.

Khaleel Ahmed, who is coming back from surgery, hasn’t exactly done enough to earn the confidence of anyone while Ishant Sharma’s best days are behind him. The ‘Impact Player’ rule will be used differently by different outfits but truth be told, DC do not have enough players with Xfactor in its ranks.

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One player, who could be used as super-sub is veteran Ishant as it would be difficult to keep him on field for more than a span of eight overs and let him bowl his quota of four. Those who have seen Ishant at training are aware that his pace has dropped considerably and fitness is certainly not up to the mark. This is more to do with not playing enough domestic games.

Ponting is impressed with what he saw in Aman Hakim Khan, a Mumbai boy with a modest record in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT) but rated highly. With an economy rate of 8.15, he is more of a bits and pieces bowler, who has been used as a pinch-hitting floater by Mumbai in SMAT, where he has also opened alongside Shaw. But in DC, the role will be different and the IPL will bring its own set of pressures.

Delhi Capitals: The biggest injury news is of Rishabh Pant. The Indian wicketkeeper-batter is still recovering from the horrific car accident. While he has begun walking, he is still some time away from resuming cricket. In the meantime, David Warner will lead DC but most importantly, DC are without a wicketkeeper.

Phil Salt is the only keeper in the team. However, DC need a replacement for Pant, an Indian wicketkeeper. Head coach Ricky Ponting and director Sourav Ganguly are expected to announce the replacement this week.

As per PTI, Vivek Singh (Railways), Luvnith Sisodia (Karnataka), Sheldon Jackson (Saurashtra) and Abhishek Porel (Bengal) are on the shortlist.

Delhi Capitals Playing XI:

David Warner (c)
Prithvi Shaw
Mitchell Marsh
Manish Pandey
Sarfaraz Khan (wk)
Rovman Powell
Axar Patel
Kuldeep Yadav
Anrich Nortje
Khaleel Ahmed
Chetan Sakariya

Delhi Capitals Full Squad

DC: Rishabh Pant, Philip Salt, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Manish Pandey, Rovman Powell, Rilee Rossouw, Prithvi Shaw, David Warner, Lalit Yadav, Mitchell Marsh, Ripal Patel, Axar Patel, Aman Hakim Khan, Khaleel Ahmed, Praveen Dubey, Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lungi Ngidi, Mukesh Kumar, Anrich Nortje, Vicky Ostwal, Chetan Sakariya, Ishant Sharma

Delhi Capitals Schedule

Match No. Match Day Date Day Time Home Team Away Team Venue
3 2 01-Apr-23 Sat 19:30 Lucknow Super Giants Delhi Capitals Lucknow
7 5 04-Apr-23 Tue 19:30 Delhi Capitals Gujarat Titans Delhi
11 9 08-Apr-23 Sat 15:30 Rajasthan Royals Delhi Capitals Guwahati
16 12 11-Apr-23 Tue 19:30 Delhi Capitals Mumbai Indians Delhi
20 16 15-Apr-23 Sat 15:30 Royal Challengers Bangalore Delhi Capitals Bengaluru
28 21 20-Apr-23 Thu 19:30 Delhi Capitals Kolkata Knight Riders Delhi
34 25 24-Apr-23 Mon 19:30 Sunrisers Hyderabad Delhi Capitals Hyderabad
40 30 29-Apr-23 Sat 19:30 Delhi Capitals Sunrisers Hyderabad Delhi
44 33 02-May-23 Tue 19:30 Gujarat Titans Delhi Capitals Ahmedabad
50 37 06-May-23 Sat 19:30 Delhi Capitals Royal Challengers Bangalore Delhi
55 41 10-May-23 Wed 19:30 Chennai Super Kings Delhi Capitals Chennai
59 44 13-May-23 Sat 19:30 Delhi Capitals Punjab Kings Delhi
64 48 17-May-23 Wed 19:30 Punjab Kings Delhi Capitals Dharamshala
67 51 20-May-23 Sat 15:30 Delhi Capitals Chennai Super Kings Delhi

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