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Is it time to unleash Prithvi Shaw? Biggest question in front of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024

Is it time to unleash Prithvi Shaw? Biggest question in front of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024

The Capitals' management has a tough decision to make. Do they persevere with Prithvi Shaw, hoping he rediscovers his form, or maintain the current opening combination and focus on solidifying the middle order?

The upcoming clash between Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals in IPL 2024 presents a major question for the Capitals’ management: will they unleash Prithvi Shaw?

And this question is not relevant for just today’s match because this query will be raised ahead of DC’s every IPL 2024 match.

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RR vs DC: Contrasting starts

This match follows contrasting starts for both teams. Royals emerged victorious against Lucknow Super Giants, while the Capitals fell short against Punjab Kings. The Capitals’ decision to drop Shaw in their first match has sparked debate, and his potential return remains a hot topic.

Shaw’s Return Hinges on Middle-Order Revamp

If Shaw does come back, it would necessitate a change in the middle order. Both Ricky Bhui and Sumit Kumar’s underwhelming performances in the previous match could pave the way for Shaw’s re-inclusion. However, this means Shai Hope or Tristan Stubbs would have to be benched despite Hope’s decent knock in the last game.

Injuries and Nortje’s Return

Ishant Sharma’s ankle injury throws another curveball at the selection process. Mukesh Kumar is likely to replace him if he’s ruled out. Anrich Nortje’s arrival further complicates things. If he returns and becomes the impact player, one of Stubbs or Hope will miss out yet again.

Unproven Delhi Capitals Middle Order

This constant reshuffling could leave the middle order inexperienced. Abhishek Porel’s batting prowess showcased against Punjab Kings might earn him a place, but it’s likely one of him or Ricky Bhui will be subbed out after the batting innings.

Warner-Marsh Partnership Remains Untouched

Despite Prithvi Shaw’s potential return, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh will likely continue as the established opening pair.

Prithvi Shaw Recent Struggles

Prithvi Shaw’s exclusion from DC’s season opener raised eyebrows, especially considering his past performances with DC. However, his underwhelming form in the previous IPL season (106 runs in 8 games) and a recent Ranji Trophy stint with just one century and one half-century leave his inclusion a debatable choice.

Delhi Capitals Face Tough Call

The Capitals’ management has a tough decision to make. Do they persevere with Prithvi Shaw, hoping he rediscovers his form, or maintain the current opening combination and focus on solidifying the middle order? The answer will be revealed as they take the field against the Royals.

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