After a very successful period in the IPL during which they qualified for the playoffs for three successive years, the Delhi Capitals just missed out on the top four last season by net run rate.
They managed to keep hold of players who played a crucial role for them last year and only released four players. While two of the four they released have raised some eyebrows as Delhi let go of KS Bharat and Tim Seifert, both of whom could have done a decent job if given a chance.
The trade of a highly-experienced campaigner in Shardul Thakur to the Kolkata Knight Riders for a young Aman Khan is a surprising decision as well. But Delhi still boasts a strong squad, with Pant, Warner and Shaw in the batting and Kuldeep, Axar and Nortje in the bowling department.
Delhi has an available purse of Rs 19.45 crores and will have to fill 5 slots, 2 of which can be overseas. With not many slots to fill and a decent budget, Delhi could go all in for one of Stokes, Curran and Green. They do need an overseas all-rounder considering Mitch Marsh’s fitness and form.
Delhi head coach Ricky Ponting has already stated that Cameron Green will be their No.1 priority earlier this year and will be an excellent addition. They might need an Indian batsman to bat in the top 5 with the release of Bharat and Mandeep Singh and could target Manish Pandey, Karun Nair or a youngster in Priyam Garg.
If they can’t play both Nortje and Mustafizur in the starting XI, they might have to add another Indian fast bowler and Jaydev Unadkat fits the bill perfectly.