Delhi is seen as a team that has never played up to its potential in the past. The Initial name was Delhi Daredevils and they had some shocker of seasons without tasting too much success. In December 2018, they changed the name to Delhi Capitals after which their fortunes might have also changed. Last year, they made the playoffs for the first time since 2012 and for the most part of the season, they were the team on top of the table.
The change to go with Shreyas Iyer as captain along with Ricky Ponting as coach has definitely worked and this is the team to look forward to in the next 5 years or so given the young Indian core that they have.
The strong Indian core is the biggest strength for this side. This is probably the only IPL team that can put out a competitive Indian XI on the field. The Young Indian top order in Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant who are all established players as well will keep this franchise in a strong position for a few years to come.
They have picked a good squad covering all bases.
The only weakness might be that they would like to have an allrounder like Hardik Pandya or Andre Russell who have the ability to walk in at number 6 or 7 and take on the bowlers straight away apart from giving a few overs with the ball.
They have a problem of plenty, particularly in the top order with a lot of batsman pushing for the top 3 spots. They will have to pick wisely to give themselves their best chance.
At the moment, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel are expected to play in all matches. The other positions might be debatable with the kind of options they have and can really pick according to the surfaces they get to play on.
Shreyas Iyer should bat at 4 this year considering the options they have at the top and also since that is the role he is expected to play for India as well. Rishabh Pant is expected to come in at 5 and take on the bowlers in the middle overs. Hence, they could play both Dhawan and Rahane with the latter at 3 and keep the middle order flexible. They could also go for someone like Stoinis at 3 and Hetmyer at 6 which will add to the power off the side, but that would mean only one of Dhawan or Rahane can play. Lower in the order, it can be a toss up between Kemo Paul and Daniel Sams who can both contribute with the ball and a bit with the bat as well. They might also want to have an eye on how Amit Mishra turns up and play him accordingly.
DC Probable XI to start the tournament : 1) Prithvi Shaw, 2) Shikhar Dhawan, 3) Marcus Stoinis, 4) Shreyas Iyer (c), 5) Rishabh Pant, 6) Shimron Hetmyer, 7) Axar Patel, 8) Ravichandran Ashwin, 9) Kemo Paul, 10) Kagiso Rabada, 11) Ishant Sharma
The Delhi Capitals have a balanced squad and with the right combination, they will definitely be one of the top contendors.