Delhi Capitals (DC) were in blazing hot form and were touted as favorites to lift the trophy in VIVO IPL 2021. The franchise with its stunning performance was sitting comfortably atop IPL 2021 Points Table before the indefinite suspension of IPL. Being contemplated as the underdog a few years back, the team revolutionized itself under the leadership of young Shreyas Iyer.
Interestingly, for Delhi Capitals, the upcoming IPL 2022 mega-auction might witness a serious battle among their valuable players. The team has an optimum combination of accomplished domestic and international players. Moreover, the team management has also competently utilized the bench strength during adverse situations. It will be fascinating to see on which players do Delhi Capitals (DC) invest faith to be retained ahead of the mega auction.
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Let's take a look at three players who can be retained by the Delhi Capitals (DC) ahead of the 2022 IPL mega auction:
1. Rishabh Pant
The 23-year old Rishabh Pant will be the foremost choice of the franchise without a shade of doubt among the players retained in IPL 2022. In recent times, Pant has shown his prowess in the IPL and impressed one and all, including the Delhi Capitals owners. Moreover, Pant's pristine performance renders him a prime contender in the list of players retained by DC 2022. In the absence of Shreyas Iyer, Pant discharged his captaincy duties with utmost responsibility in IPL 2021.
With additional responsibilities, Pant has strived to improve his wicket-keeping skills and also bats in accordance with the team's requirements. He is a match-winner for Delhi Capitals, who can change the momentum with his destructive batting. In his IPL career, he has amassed 2292 runs in 76 encounters at a stunning strike rate of 149.80. Indeed, Pant has the potential to become the most valuable players to have ever played for Delhi Capitals in IPL history.
2. Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer has been at the helm of the Delhi Capitals' success in the IPL since 2018. Recently, due to a nasty shoulder injury, Iyer failed to participate in the IPL 2021. Although, he will be one of the players retained by DC despite him missing the entire season due to his injury. His contribution to the resurgence of DC's is peerless. Apart from the sensible and productive batting performance, Iyer also created a buzz with his leadership quality in the cricket fraternity.
Be it curating innings, fielding, or captaincy, Iyer has been sublime in all departments. To date, he has scored an incredible 2200 runs in 79 matches for the Delhi franchise. Certainly, Shreyas Iyer will be the top priority in the retention choice for Delhi Capitals before hopping deep into the IPL 2022 mega-auction.
3. Kagiso Rabada
Rabada is next in line to be retained by Delhi Capitals in IPL 2022. He has performed impressively in the last few years and his lethal bowling spell could devastate any batting lineup. Furthermore, Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in IPL 2020 and won the prestigious Purple Cap.
He single-handedly guided Delhi Capitals to the IPL final in 2020. The Proteas speedster is well-known for his ability to execute skills in the death overs. With time, he has emerged as one of the most devastating pacers in this format. Hence, the franchise will not give a second thought to it and surely they will retain Kagiso Rabada before going into the IPL 2022 mega-auction.