Delhi Capitals (DC), the finalists from IPL 2020, will be looking to go one step ahead in IPL 2021 to clinch their maiden trophy.
The side led by Shreyas Iyer performed exceptionally well under the watchful eyes of head coach Ricky Ponting. The former Australia captain turned coach has this year roped in batting start from his country Steve Smith to boost DC's chance in the upcoming edition.
Not to forget, DC are not playing any match this year at home, thanks to the change of rules due to COVID-19, which has affected some states more than others, leading the governing body to cut down on the travel for all teams, eventually giving a fair schedule where no team plays at home.
Apart from Smith, DC this year at auction also bought Indian speedster Umesh Yadav, to strengthen their pace attack. DC already boast of a formiddable fast bowling unit with the likes of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in their line-up.
DC play their first game on 10 April against Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Here's their full schedule for IPL 2021:
|1||10 April||7.30 PM||CSK||DC||Mumbai|
|2||15 April||7.30 PM||RR||DC||Mumbai|
|3||18 April||7.30 PM||DC||PK||Mumbai|
|4||20 April||7.30 PM||DC||MI||Chennai|
|5||25 April||7.30 PM||SRH||DC||Chennai|
|6||27 April||7.30 PM||DC||RCB||Ahmedabad|
|7||29 April||7.30 PM||DC||KKR||Ahmedabad|
|8||2 May||7.30 PM||PK||DC||Ahmedabad|
|9||8 May||3.30 PM||KKR||DC||Ahmedabad|
|10||11 May||7.30 PM||DC||RR||Kolkata|
|11||14 May||7.30 PM||RCB||DC||Kolkata|
|12||17 May||7.30 PM||DC||SRH||Kolkata|
|13||21 May||7.30 PM||DC||CSK||Kolkata|
|14||23 May||3.30 PM||MI||DC||Kolkata|
DC squad for IPL 2021
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Lalit Yadav, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Chris Woakes, Daniel Sams, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings
The IPL final will be played on 30 May at the newly-build Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad. The playoffs will also be played at the same venue with Qualifier 1 and Eliminator schedule on back to back days – 25 and 26 May and Qualifier 2 scheduled on 28 May.
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Three-time champions CSK had a forgettable season last year, finishing at seventh out of eight teams and they would also be seeking a winning start in their bid to make amends of a poor IPL 2020.
Delhi Capitals (DC) for long were a team that season after season failed to live up to the expectations. They always had stars - Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Kevin Pietersen, AB de Villiers, and David Warner. But no star power was ever enough to convert DC from an also-ran to title contenders.
This will be 23-year-old Pant's debut as IPL captain. The wicketkeeper-batsman has captained Delhi's state team in the past.