Delhi Capitals have enjoyed a brilliant IPL 2019 season as they sit atop the points table of this season of the Indian Premier League.
After suffering for six consecutive seasons of misery and mediocrity, the Delhi fans finally have found something to cheer about in the Indian Premier League.
Before the season started, the Delhi franchise went under a rebranding mode, getting a new part owner, a new name for the team and a brand new kit.
What followed was unbelievable as the team that finished bottom of the table in the last season, qualified for the playoffs with two matches to spare.
#1 The Ricky Ponting factor
Before the commencement of IPL 2018, Delhi Daredevils hired Ricky Ponting as the head coach, going for a tried and tested formula of success.
Ponting was the part of a backroom staff in Mumbai Indians that had won three Indian Premier League titles in five years.
Ricky Ponting oversaw a dismal season in his first year in charge as Delhi finished last in the points table.
But, this season, the Australian legend teaming up with chief advisor Sourav Ganguly has masterminded a reversal of fortunes as Delhi has played a brand of entertaining cricket alongside winning matches.
#2 Kagiso Rabada destroying oppositions
The South African speedster has turned a toothless Delhi pace attack into the most feared pace attack in the league.
Rabada currently has 25 wickets in 12 matches, more than 2 wickets per match. He is the current purple cap holder with the next competitor with 7 fewer dismissals despite playing one more match.
With the 23-year old leaving for World Cup preparations before the IPL final, the Delhi Capitals will be experimenting with Trent Boult’s form and fitness in the last two matches of the league stage.
#3 Crucial top order contribution
Letting go of important bowling and batting options in Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, and Shahbaz Nadeem, Delhi received Shikhar Dhawan from SunRisers Hyderabad in exchange.
In IPL 2018, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer shined but Delhi looked a bit short on runs and too dependent on Pant.
Now, the top four of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, captain Iyer, and Pant equally share the workload with the lower middle order of Colin Ingram, Chris Morris, and Axar Patel putting in their contributions as well.
While Dhawan is the leading run-scorer with 451 runs, Iyer has scored 383 runs and Pant and Shaw are not too far behind with 343 and 280 runs respectively.
Delhi Capitals would be looking to seal one of the top two spots as they take on Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday at 8 pm.