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Delhi Capitals IPL 2023 Preview: Can DC win without Pant?



Last Updated on 1 year by Charbel Coorey

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Delhi Capitals have been the “nearly men” of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in recent seasons. They reached the final in 2020, followed by heartbreaking exits in 2021 and 2022. Last season, a playoffs’ spot was in their grasp, before some poor decision making and execution cost them dearly in their final league match against Mumbai Indians.

Consistency will be high on the agenda for DC this season. They were unable to string wins together last year, embarking on a win-loss pattern that ultimately saw them fall short of the top four in a competitive league.

David Warner has been named captain in the absence of Rishabh Pant. How the franchise deals with Pant’s absence will be crucial. In this article, we will preview the Capitals ahead of IPL 2023 looking at their key strengths and weaknesses.

You can watch CricBlog’s Delhi Capitals preview here on YouTube or below.

DC IPL 2023 squad

*Excluding Rishabh Pant, who is out of IPL 2023.

PlayerRoleAuction Price
Rishabh Pant (wk)WT-BatsmanINR 16 Cr(R)
Prithvi ShawBatsmanINR 7.50Cr(R)
David Warner(C)BatsmanINR 6.25 Crores(R)
Sarfaraz KhanBatsmanINR 20 Lakhs(R)
Yash DhullBatsmanINR 50 Lakhs(R)
Rovman PowellBatsmanINR 2.80 crores(R)
Anrich NortjeBowlerINR 6.50 Cr(R)
Kamlesh NagarkotiBowlerINR 1.10 crores(R)
Mustafizur RahmanBowlerINR 2 crores(R)
Lungi NgidiBowlerINR 50 Lakhs(R)
Khaleel AhmedBowlerINR 5.25 crores(R)
Chetan SakariyaBowlerINR 4.20 crores(R)
Praveen DubeyBowlerINR 50 Lakhs(R)
Kuldeep YadavBowlerINR 2 crores(R)
Axar Patel(vc)All-rounderINR 9 crores(R)
Mitchell MarshAll-rounderINR 6.50 Crores(R)
Lalit YadavAll-rounderINR 65 Lakhs(R)
Ripal PatelAll-rounderINR 20 Lakhs(R)
Vicky OstwalAll-rounderINR 20 Lakh(R)
Aman KhanAllrounderTraded from KKR
Ishant SharmaBowlerINR 50 lakh
Phil SaltWT-BatsmanINR 2 crores
Mukesh KumarBowlerINR 5.5 crores
Manish PandeyBatsmanINR 2.4 crores
Rilee RossouwBatsmanINR 4.6 crores

Possible Playing XI for first match

1. David Warner (c & OS), 2. Prithvi Shaw, 3. Mitchell Marsh (OS), 4. Manish Pandey, 5. Rovman Powell (OS), 6. Sarfaraz Khan (wk), 7. Axar Patel, 8. Kuldeep Yadav, 9. Anrich Nortje (OS), 10. Mukesh Kumar, 11. Khaleel Ahmed

DC IPL 2023 Preview: Strengths & Weaknesses

Here we’ll look at DC’s key strengths and weaknesses for IPL 2023, as well as touch on their opportunities and threats.


David Warner and Prithvi Shaw opening combination

The Warner-Shaw combination has the potential to be the best in IPL 2023. Shaw’s powerplay exploits and Warner’s experience will be vital to Delhi’s hopes. On the slow Delhi pitches, a fast start against the hard new ball can prove crucial in the final analysis.

Wicket-taking options in their pace battery

In Anrich Nortje and Khaleel Ahmed, DC have two wicket-taking options who are expected to line up right away. But, in their squad, they also have a number of capable options they can turn to throughout the campaign.

In terms of the overseas options, Mustafizur Rahman can be a handful with his cutters on the Feroz Kotla pitch. Lungi Ngidi is a genuine wicket-taker in T20s.

Domestically, Chetan Sekariya continues to improve, and will be better for the experience of the past two seasons. Mukesh Kumar is highly rated and how Kamlesh Nagarkoti fares this season will be interesting to see, as the potential is there.

Resurgence of Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav is back, further evidenced by his performances in the recent ODI series against Australia. The left-arm chinaman spinner was also in terrific form at stages in IPL 2022, and if he can replicate some of that here, we can expect DC to win overs 7-16 very often.

Also, Kuldeep, along with Axar, can be a handful in their home games, while offering important control away from home, too.


DC’s finishing

DC’s finishing stocks looks a worry. A lot will rest on Rovman Powell in this department, with Rishabh Pant, who usually occupies the number five slot, out of the tournament.

The expected top three of Warner, Marsh and Shaw can provide magnificent starts throughout, but DC will want to build on that. Also, they don’t want to only be relying on quick or big starts to produce competitive totals.

Sixth bowling option

DC will have five solid bowling options upfront. However, can their sixth bowler offer enough control?

Mitch Marsh can contribute, but his fitness is often in question given his injury history. With DC needing a keeper, Sarfaraz Khan may keep and bat at six. So, there may not be room for Lalit Yadav if Manish Pandey is also picked, which means DC will bank on their top five bowlers delivering.


DC will be competitive. However, much may rest on their top order. In a competitive, tight league, that may ultimately be costly with playoffs spots at a premium.

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Charbel Coorey
Charbel Coorey
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