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IPL 2024: How Delhi Capitals found winning ways

IPL 2024: What's working for Delhi Capitals this season? How are they able to find winning ways?

IPL 2024: Delhi Capitals under Rishabh Pant looks a very different team | Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Delhi Capitals under Pant looks a very different team (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)

Delhi Capitals (DC) have seen their fair share of ups and downs, struggling to find consistency and often failing to live up to the expectations of their fans. In IPL 2024, DC didn’t have a very good start. However, they have managed to find their winning ways in the recent matches through a combination of strategic planning, inclusion of talented overseas players, and effective leadership. A crucial aspect of the Capitals' success has been their shrewd recruitment strategy.

Batting order conjunction 

Delhi Capitals have been making significant strides in honing their batting prowess, with their line-up gradually coming together as a formidable force to reckon with. They have witnessed a notable shift in their batting prowess with the addition of foreign batters especially Jake Fraser-McGurk, Tristan Stubbs and Shai Hope. These overseas players bring a unique blend of talent and experience to the Capitals unit, elevating the team's performance.


DC batting order has undergone a transformation, with strategic changes and new additions contributing to their improved performance. Their top-order batters set the tone for the innings, providing a solid foundation for the middle and lower order to capitalise on. Prithvi Shaw has been in impressive form, though he missed a few games. But he has contributed well at the top of the order. The other top-order batters like Fraser-McGurk, Abishek Porel and Shai Hope are in exceptional form making notable contributions. 

The Capitals are also anchored by a strong middle order and lower middle order, providing depth and firepower to their batting unit. Tristan Stubbs has emerged as a standout performer for them. Whereas, Rishabh Pant and Axar Patel are in good touch and have been instrumental in Delhi's success in the ongoing season.

Captain Rishabh Pant returns as a strong leader and batter

Rishabh Pant has not only been a powerhouse performer with the bat but has also taken on the crucial role of leading the Capitals. He has donned the captain's hat leading from the front. His fearless approach on the field and astute decision-making off it has revitalized the team, instilling a sense of belief and determination among the players. Pant's leadership has been vital in guiding the team towards success in the recent matches. 

Rishabh rediscovering his mojo augurs well for the Capitals. His leadership extends beyond just tactical acumen. His innate ability to inspire and motivate his teammates sets him apart as a captain who leads by example. He also excels in glovework behind the stumps. He has been a game-changer with his explosive batting, dynamic wicket keeping skills and also with his crucial decisions as a leader. Pant, as a captain, has made several crucial decisions that have significantly changed the team’s fortunes. 

IPL 2024, DC vs SRH_ Kuldeep Yadav took 4-55 against SRH in a run friend _Walking Wicket (Images_ ©BCCI_IPLT20)
Kuldeep Yadav took 4-55 against SRH in a run fiest (Images: ©BCCI/IPLT20)
Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel shine in bowling 

Delhi Capitals’ spin bowling is much better than their pace bowling, courtesy of Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel. The dynamic duo has been instrumental in shaping Delhi’s success in recent matches. They significantly contribute to the middle overs of the innings by providing crucial breakthroughs and alleviate the workload on pace bowlers. From containing runs to picking up vital wickets, these spinners are the backbone of DC's bowling attack.

Kuldeep, known for his crafty spin bowling has been in excellent form and is shining in this edition of the IPL. He was the difference in the Delhi and Lucknow Super Giants match as he dazzled with exceptional bowling. Though he was coming back after injury, he made a significant impact in that encounter. Yadav’s ability to pick up important wickets while maintaining an impressive economy rate has made him a reliable choice for the Capitals. The consistency and control over his craft have been evident in his stats.

On the other hand, Axar Patel also has the potential of turning games on their heads with his crafty bowling. His ability to control the flow of runs and chip in with crucial breakthroughs make him a priceless asset for DC. He provides the much-needed balance and stability to the attack. Axar's strengths lie in his subtle variations and pin-point accuracy, making it difficult for the batters to play him easily. 

As all these Delhi players continue to shine bright, the challenge lies in maintaining their exceptional performance consistently. The Capitals are seeking increased contributions from their fast bowlers, their sole concern. The side appears to be formidable if the pacers start to contribute more.


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