Delhi Capitals Playing XI: Rabada, Nortje, Axar unavailable, check who will DC pick in XI vs CSK?

Delhi Capitals Playing XI - CSK vs DC in IPL 2021
Delhi Capitals Playing XI: Rabada, Nortje, Axar unavailable, Delhi Capitals struggling for right playing XI for CSK match

Delhi Capitals Playing XI – CSK vs DC in IPL 2021: Ricky Ponting and the Delhi Capitals think tank find themselves in a difficult situation, five days ahead of their campaign opener against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Delhi will be missing its three mainstays for various reasons. While Axar Patel will miss at least two games after he was tested positive for Covid-19, DC’s pace duo Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje will be on their fifth day of quarantine. Replacing Patel will not be a big problem but finding the right replacement for their pace battery will be a conundrum they need to solve.

Delhi Capitals Playing XI – CSK vs DC in IPL 2021: Settled opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan & Prithvi Shaw

It is a no-brainer to predict DC’s opening pair for the season. If all stays well, Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw will be Delhi’s pick for CSK vs DC. The duo had a great start to their IPL 2020 season. But as the season progressed, while Dhawan cruised ahead with a strong batting display, Shaw started struggling with the bat. He was eventually dropped. However, the young Mumbai batsman returned to form in style at the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He amassed 827 runs in eight games.

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Delhi Capitals Playing XI – CSK vs DC in IPL 2021: Will Delhi play Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane together?

This will be a big headache for the DC think tank. With Shreyas Iyer ruled out due to shoulder injury, Delhi’s No.4 spot is up for grabs. However, the problem is Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane both take time before they can accelerate their batting pace. Smith, nonetheless will be DC’s first-choice at his usual No.3 position. They might play Shimron Hetmyer at No.4, which also gives them an extra bowling option. Furthermore, Hetmyer will also bring his power-hitting prowess.

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IPL 2021, DC Playing XI: Powerhouse middle-order

With Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis as No.5 and 6, Ponting will be a happy man. Pant will be leading Delhi this year, and it will be interesting how he fairs as a batsman under an added pressure. The Indian wicketkeeper has been in red-hot form since the Australia tour and will be the player to watch for this year.

One of the premium quality which isn’t available in abundance in the Indian premier league is the ‘bonafide all-rounders’. Marcus Stoinis belongs to that rare breed of cricketers who can bat anywhere in the batting order, bowl useful overs, both at the start and the end of a T20 innings and is a gun fielder. Stoinis is a powerfully built man – who has the ability to clear any ground with his brutal hitting process.

IPL 2021, DC playing XI: Who replaces Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje

If there is any team that will suffer the most due to the one-week quarantine rule, it is Delhi. Their star South African fast bowlers were the biggest reason they advanced to their maiden IPL final. In their absence, DC will field their all India fast bowling unit in Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav.

IPL 2021, DC playing XI: No Axar Patel, Spin department still looks good

Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra will resume their duties in the spin department. Ashwin has been in impressive form in red-ball cricket. He was the lead wicket-taker for India in the Test series against Australia and England. But he has not played any white-ball cricket since IPL in November last year. With T20WC insight, he would like to make a big impact this season to return to India’s white-ball scheme of things.

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Meanwhile, Mishra will be returning to the squad after missing out on IPL due to an injury. It will be interesting how he capitalises on this opportunity.

Delhi Capitals Playing XI for 1st Match vs CSK (Probable):Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmeyr, Rishabh Pant (c), Marcus Stoinis, Amit Mishra, Ravichandran Ashwin, Chris Woakes, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma

IPL 2021 – DC squad 2021

Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam BillingsDC