With DC captain Shreyas Air disqualified for the entire IPL season, the Delhi Capitals management called an emergency meeting to decide on the seasoned captain. Based on the information available, DC promoters Kiran Kumar Gandhi and Barth Jindal along with Coach Ricky Bunting will be participating in a conference call today to decide on the captain's name for the IPL 2021.
We were informed on Thursday that Rishabh Pant is the preferred candidate to lead the Delhi Capitals. The DC promoters, the coach, and a few other members of the administration will likely give their stamp of approval to the same, although according to the sources, deliberations on some other names are not excluded.
"The team promoters and the head coach will make the final decision on who will coach us, but it is clear that Rishabh Pant Deputy Commander should be the automatic choice," said one of the sources closely associated with Delhi Capitals.
IPL 2021 Delhi Capitals Captaincy – Names that can be discussed for captaincy role?
Besides Pant, the capitals of Delhi currently have several options for the position of captain. They have Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, and R Ashwin in their ranks. All of these names have experience from the leading IPL franchise in the past, but the source told us that DC is unlikely to look beyond Pant.
Of all the potential candidates, only Pant is not an IPL franchise yet.
- Ashwin - Leading Indian superstar KingsXI Punjab for two seasons in 2018, 2019. Overall, Ashwin has 28 games experience, 12 wins, and 16 lost. His record for KXIP was not overly encouraging. Although considered one of the game's best readers, DC is unlikely to hold back in handing the Captain to a player who has failed as captain with some other perks.
Stephen Smith - 43 games, 25 won, lost 17. Smith has a lot of experience driving the IPL franchises, but what works against him is that his place in the squad is not very secure. He also failed to live up to expectations as captain of the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020; There is no chance that the metropolitan administration will give Smith leadership
Ajinkya Rahane - Highly successful as captain of the Indian Test Team in Australia. But he has had a captain disaster for the Rajasthan Royals, he's unlikely to go with Rahani as captain. His team captain's record says: 25 matches: 9 won and 16 lost.
By comparison, Rishabh Pant has never led the IPL franchise, but her enthusiasm, current form and most importantly, aggressive mindset works in her favor. Additionally, DC has groomed him as a future leader over the past two years by appointing him as Deputy Leader in 2019, 2020. All this indicates that the Delhi team is unlikely to look beyond Pant to gain the lead role.
IPL 2021: DC Captain Shreyas Iyer to undergo surgery on April 8th
IPL 2021 - Shreyas Iyer Injury: The Shreyas Iyer injured shoulder has been confirmed ready for surgery. According to information from BCCI sources, Iyer's surgery will take place on April 8 and will not only miss the IPL 2021, but also will not be available for the England tour.
The Delhi Capital captain dislocated his shoulder on Monday while playing during the first international match of the England Series.
Now, in consultation with the BCCI medical team, it is decided that Iyer will have the surgery on April 8th. Understandably, Iyer has likely been out of cricket for at least a few months, thus erasing any hopes the capitals had that he would return during the second half of IPL 2021, which will be played in India between April 9 and April 30. May.
On Thursday, only the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry confirmed Iyer was excluded from the ongoing ODI series of three-way matches against England without revealing any details about the injury, as well as the surgery. Lear also wished a "speedy recovery" in response to a tweet from the Indian batsman, who said that he "will return soon."