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Shimron Hetmeyer, Steve Smith are candidates for the remaining slots
The final spot in the DC playing XI will be a straight shootout between Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer and Sam Billings. The former two are the only real contenders for the spot.
Had Iyer been fit, Hetmyer would’ve undoubtedly been the man for DC. Iyer and Shikhar Dhawan could’ve anchored the innings, while Hetmyer would’ve given the team momentum in the middle overs.
However, in the absence of the DC captain, Steve Smith has a case to be brought into the side due to his experience and versatility – although he is on the back of a rather poor season with the Rajasthan Royals.
DC might have to rely completely on Stoinis, Pant and Axar Patel to find the boundary in the middle overs and at the death in the absence of Hetmyer. They would also need to be wary of having too many “safe” batsmen in Ajinkya Rahane (who is expected to replace Iyer in the XI), Dhawan and Smith.
But they need Smith’s experience when Iyer is unfit, and Hetmyer has major fitness issues of his own. The West Indian is far from reliable and having a batsman who guarantees 300-plus runs a season might be a better idea than going in search of a higher strike rate.
|NO||DATE & DAY||MATCH||TIME (IST)||VENUE|
|1||April 10, Saturday||Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|2||April 15, Thursday||Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|3||April 18, Sunday||Delhi Capitals vs Punjab Kings||7:30 PM||Mumbai|
|4||April 20, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Mumbai Indians||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|5||April 25, Sunday||Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Chennai|
|6||April 27, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|7||April 29, Thursday||Delhi Capitals vs Kolkata Knight Riders||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|8||May 2, Sunday||Punjab Kings Vs Delhi Capitals||7:30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|9||May 8, Saturday||Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Capitals||3.30 PM||Ahmedabad|
|10||May 11, Tuesday||Delhi Capitals v Rajasthan Royals||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|11||May 14, Friday||Royal Challengers Bangalore v Delhi Capitals||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|12||May 17, Monday||Delhi Capitals v Sunrisers Hyderabad||3.30 PM||Kolkata|
|13||May 21, Friday||Delhi Capitals v Chennai Super Kings||7.30 PM||Kolkata|
|14||May 23, Sunday||Mumbai Indians v Delhi Capitals||3.30 PM||Kolkata|
IPL DC’s Full Squad
Shreyas Iyer (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (wk), 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