Inspired by new coaching staff and mentors, Delhi had a dream run in the last season of the IPL. With the likes of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, Rajasthan promise fireworks in the field, but their performance, over the years have screamed fluke!
The inaugural champions, Rajasthan are no more a dangerous side and Delhi’s heroics, like last season, fades with time, if not soon but eventually. However, both these teams have proved time and time again, that on their best days they are unmatched. Can the teams prove their worth in the 14th season of the IPL? Let’s take a look at the teams.
IPL 2021: The teams
Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2021: Sanju Samson (captain), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Christopher Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, K.C. Cariappa, Akash Singh, Kuldip Yadav.
Delhi Capitals for IPL 2021: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Lalit Yadav, Pravin Dubey, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Ishant Sharma, Avesh Khan, Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Meriwala, M Siddarth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings.
How good are the teams?
For Rajasthan, their strength is in their explosive batting unit. They have match winners like Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer. Their weaknesses are a lack of quality spinner. Their over reliance on foreign players is also a notable weakness.
As for Delhi, they highlight a lethal bowling unit. We have seen South African pacers Nortje and Kagiso Rabada can be deadly in their spells. Their main weakness is that they lack quality all-rounders. Injury also is a consistent threat for them.