Delhi Capitals (DC) had a poor season in the previous edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), failing to reach the playoffs under skipper Rishabh Pant. They have qualified for the playoffs in the three consecutive seasons leading up to 2022 and have looked like a formidable unit during those three years. However, Delhi Capitals could only win 7 out of 14 league matches and were knocked out of the league stage in the latest edition.
Ahead of the IPL 2023 mini-auction, four players: KS Bharat, Tim Seifert, Ashwin Hebbar and Mandeep Singh have been released by the Delhi outfit. One shocking move by The Capitals was to trade superstar Shardul Thakur to the Kolkata Knight Riders, whom they fetched for 10.75 crores at auction. Shardul’s subpar performance in the 2022 season could be the reason the All-rounder was unloaded. Delhi picked up Aman Khan from the Kolkata franchise in place of Shardol.
Aside from that, the Capitals did not make any significant changes and kept the majority of their rosters. Pant would continue to lead the team for the next cycle. Prithvi Shaw and David Warner will open the roles for the franchise. Mitchell Marsh and Aksar Patel will provide the firepower in the batting order and the two all-rounders will also contribute ball. Ace pacer Anrich Nortje will lead the bowling attack while the young Indian defender will provide all-round support.
Of the players released, two served as backup guards for Pant (Bharat and Sivert). So, in the auction, Delhi will be looking for a backup wicket-keeper for the next season. That shouldn’t be too difficult with a wallet left over from Rs. 19.45 crore. They also have two slots for outside players, which they may fill in the mini-auction.
Delhi Capitals have retained the players for IPL 2023
Aman Khan (trade from Kolkata Knight Riders)
Release of Delhi Capital players
Mandeep Singh Batsman
Shardul Thakur (traded to Kolkata Knight Riders)
Delhi Capital remaining portfolio: INR 19.45 crore
Overseas slot left for the capitals of delhi: 2