Three players that DC can target in IPL 2021 mini-auction: With the second-lowest purse left, IPL 2020 runner-up Delhi Capitals will not be making a lot of noise at the IPL 2021 auction. However, DC need an opener to stitch good partnerships and an explosive all-rounder to back up Marcus Stoinis. Also, DC will be most concerned about the South Africa vs Pakistan home series. Their entire bowling unit is set around two South African pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. So, if the duo misses a portion of the IPL 2021, DC will have to have a backup ready.
Here’s Delhi Capitals’ strategy for IPL 2021 auction and the three players that they can buy in the mini-auction:
Purse: DC have only Rs 12.9 crore to spend at IPL 2021 auction.
Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
Released Players: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy
Slots: DC have total 8 spots open which can be filled in the mini-auction, out of which 3 can be filled by overseas players.
Three players that DC can buy in IPL 2021 auction:
Marnus Labuschagne: Despite the presence of a number of openers in their line-up, DC struggled on the opening front, which also saw Marcus Stoinis opening the innings in the second Qualifier. DC will surely look for a full-time opener to partner with Shikhar Dhawan as the management isn’t expected to give Prithvi Shaw a long rope in IPL 2021.
Hence, DC will definitely look for a quality batsman for their top-order in order to boost the batting unit and Australian talent Marnus Labuschagne could fit in the scenario perfectly. Ahead of the auction, Labuschagne has registered his name in the players’ list at a base price of INR 1 crore.
Notably, in the recently concluded Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, Labuschagne played six matches and amassed 176 runs with 49 being his best score. Moreover, the 26-year-old shone with the ball as well as he finished the exciting tournament with 10 wickets to his credit and 3/46 being his best figure. So, the Queensland cricketer can also come in handy with the ball for the middle overs.
Glenn Maxwell: Don’t be surprised if Delhi Capitals go after Glenn Maxwell once again. It is no secret that Ricky Ponting has quite a bit of time for Maxwell and he wanted him in the side last season as well. In the 2020 auctions, DC went all out for him but pulled out in the last time as he went out of budget. Maxwell was a part of the Delhi side in 2018, it was the year that Ponting became the head coach at the Delhi Capitals.
Moreover, despite having the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, DC did miss a power-striker in the lower-order who could add some quick runs in the death overs. Considering his stature, Maxwell can fit this scenario and he also brings the all-rounder option into play, and he could strengthen the team.
Notably, Maxwell, who had a disastrous season for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in IPL 2020, enjoyed a good outing in BBL 2020-21 as he amassed 379 runs from 14 games at an impressive strike-rate of 143.56 with three half-centuries.
K Jamieson: The New Zealand pacer is in terrific form with the bowl and has contributed in the batting department as well. In the series against West Indies, he picked up 11 wickets in 2 matches and was the leading wicket-taker with 16 wickets in the Test series against Pakistan. He can be a perfect addition to the squad and can wreak havoc when paired with Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje.