A squad with 7 spinners, what player strategy should Delhi Capitals adopt the IPL 2020 trade window.
Delhi Capitals have already made their first trade in the IPL 2020 trading widow by swapping Mayank Markhande with Sherfane Rutherford.
It is no doubt that Mayank Markhande is a wonderful spinner, but the result of the trade is that they now have 6 front-line spinners in their squad.
DC now have Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mayank Markhande, Rahul Tewatia, and Sandeep Lamichanne. Add to these Ravi Ashwin, who is almost confirmed as a buy-out from Kings XI Punjab, it would make it 7 spinners in the squad; the most any team has.
With a hefty amount being paid to some of these spinners, do Delhi Capitals really require all of them? Let’s analyze the Delhi Capitals’ squad for the IPL 2020 trading window.
DC SQUAD AHEAD OF IPL 2020 TRADE WINDOW:
Batsmen: Ankush Bains (WK), Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Manjot Kalra, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, and Shreyas Iyer.
All-rounders: Axar Patel, Chris Morris, Jalaj Saxena, and Keemo Paul.
Bowlers: Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Bandaru Ayyappa, Jagadeesha Suchith, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Mayank Markhande, Nathu Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichanne, and Trent Boult.
The team has an abundance of spinners and pacers, but some gaps in terms of good batting all-rounders and middle-order players.
So, which players should Delhi Capitals release in the trading window so that they can focus on minimizing their gaps for IPL 2020.
#3: Amit Mishra | Price: INR 400L
The latest inclusion of the talented, Mayank Markhande has raised a lot of doubts over Delhi Capitals’ strategy. If Mayank is selected in the playing 11, which he most likely would be, then why would a team need three more leggies.
Rahul Tewatia, Amit Mishra, and Sandeep Lamichanne are the three more leggies in the team, and to be honest, one if not two has to make way to minimize their gap in other areas.
Well, Mishra has been the most successful spinner in the IPL, but it is the age, hefty price, and current form that is going against him. So, of the three, Amit Mishra is most likely to face the axe.
Bought for a whopping 4 Cr., Mishra is a costly affair for Delhi Capitals. Also, at 36, he isn’t the same Mishra whose effective Leggies were a delight to watch during his prime days.
So, it is better Delhi Capitals focus on young and talented, Tewatia and Lamichanne, and trade Amit Mishra with a better middle-order player.
#2: Colin Munro | Price: INR 190L
I really didn’t want to bring this name up because he is one of the most dangerous T20 batsmen in the world, but there are two compelling reasons why Delhi Capitals should trade Colin Munro for a better middle-order batsman.
Delhi Capitals have really good openers in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw, and good number 3 & 4 in the form of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. So, It really doesn’t make any sense to play Munro in place of any of these. The only place he can be played is number 5, but he may not be effective at that position.
Moreover, Colin Munro wasn’t effective in IPL 2019 with just 84 runs from 4 matches. Also, his current form in International Cricket is a big worry, and his confidence is at an all-time low.
#1: Axar Patel | Price: INR 500L
With his ex. teammate, Ravi Ashwin most likely to join Delhi Capitals, Axar Patel’s place looks in shambles given his performance in IPL 2019, and his overall capabilities.
To be honest, Delhi Capitals are in desperate need of a batting all-rounder. The likes of Azar Patel, Chris Morris, and Keemo Paul are more of bowling all-rounders who can play decent cameos in few matches.
To me, Axar Patel is a good ODI prospect, but investing 5 Cr. in him when Ashwin is set to join Delhi Capitals isn’t a wise option. By trading Axar, Delhi Capitals must focus on bringing more solid batting all-rounder.
So, these are the players who Delhi Capitals (DC) should release in the IPL 2020 trade window.
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