Indian Premier League’s twelfth season will begin in less than two weeks time and although there is no new team in this edition, Delhi Daredevils has been re-branded as a new look Delhi Capitals side.
The fans of the Delhi-based franchise have a lot of things to look forward to in this season of the IPL. They have a new captain, a new overseas player bought for more than 6 crores, new kits and a new name for their team.
The left-handed opener is a proven player in the limited overs format and would be relishing the opportunity to play for Delhi in the IPL after a decade. The Delhi-born batsman scored 497 runs in 16 matches and would have the responsibility of leading the new-look side apart from scoring runs this season.
The 19-year old batsman from Maharashtra had a good season in the IPL last year as he replaced Gautam Gambhir in the starting XI after five disappointing outings for the former Delhi captain. Shaw scored 245 runs in 9 matches and would be looking to better that in this season.
Pant was unlucky to miss out on the orange cap last season as he scored 684 runs in just 14 matches. Had Delhi qualified for the playoffs stage, Pant would have surely ended the season with an orange cap on his head.
411 runs in 16 matches put Shreyas Iyer on the international map of cricket but he failed to nail down a place in the Indian side despite his run-scoring exploits. Iyer would be hoping to better last season’s records as he looks to break in the Indian squad after the World Cup. Hanuma Vihari has been roped in for a mighty amount of 2 crore rupees and can fill in if any of the top four is unavailable to play.
Colin Ingram/Sherfane Rutherford*
Colin Ingram was bought for a massive 6.2 crores and would be looking to justify his price tag over the course of the season. Sherfane Rutherford has also been bought for 2 crores and the 20-year old would be looking to stamp his name in the league.
Colin Munro/ Chris Morris*
Colin Munro is a batting all-rounder who can chip in a couple of overs while Chris Morris gives the option of a fourth seamer in the starting XI with an added ability of slogging in the final few overs.
The left-handed all rounder was bought in the auctions for 5 crore rupees. He can contribute with both bat and ball as he looks to stage a comeback in the Indian side after the World Cup.
The veteran leggie would be hoping to roll back time as he looks set to challenge Rahul Tewatia and Jayant Yadav for the only spinner slot in the starting XI.
One of the best bowlers in the world currently, Kagiso Rabada instills fear into every batsman’s mind with his sheer pace and accuracy.
Alongside Rabada, Trent Boult would be looking to rattle every opening partnership in the IPL this season. He picked 18 wickets in 14 matches last season and would be looking for a similar season.
Ishant Sharma has been bought for a meagre 1.1 crore rupees and brings some valuable experience to a very young Delhi Capitals squad. Harshal Patel would be looking to challenge Sharma for a spot in the starting XI.
* denotes an overseas player