- Delhi Capitals will be without three of their overseas stars at the start of IPL 2022
- While David Warner and Mitchell Marsh will be unavailable till April 6, there are questions over Anrich Nortje’s fitness
- Here’s a look at how DC can fill those gaps in the first few games
With two new teams entering the
The elongated IPL window is now clashing with the international scheduling and thus has affected a few teams’ gameplans as some players will be arriving late to feature in the 2022 edition of the cash-rich league. The players’ availability has affected the
Capitals’ steal signing,
However, the biggest question mark right now for the Capitals right now is on the availability of pacer
Capitals may not have overseas back-ups, however, they do have Indian options to replace the three players in the line-up.
Seifert, Mandeep, Ngidi – the backups to take the front seat
New Zealand wicket-keeper batsman Tim Seifert, who opens for his national side in T20Is could partner Prithvi Shaw at the top, while former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) gloveman KS Bharat could take the No. 3 spot. Or, the Capitals could open with Mandeep Singh and play Seifert in the middle-order as he has done in the recent season of the Caribbean Premier League. Capitals also have Indian all-round options in Lalit Yadav and Ripal Patel.
As far as bowling is concerned, Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel pick themselves, while Mustafizur Rahman will be one overseas option. With Rovman Powell taking the No. 5 spot in the batting order, Nortje’s countryman Lungi Ngidi could handle the pace bowling duties with left-arm Bangladesh seamer. For the final spot, it could be a toss-up between Kuldeep Yadav or Chetan Sakariya.
DC’s likely XI for first few games: Tim Seifert, Prithvi Shaw, Mandeep Singh/KS Bharat, Rishabh Pant (w/c), Rovman Powell, Sarfraz Khan, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Chetan Sakariya/Kuldeep Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman, Lungi Ngidi