IPL 2020- Finals: SWOT Analysis of Delhi Capitals

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SWOT Analysis of Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals have finally made it into the finals of the Indian Premier League with a thumping win in Qualifier 2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad. At Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Marcus Stoinis’ all-round brilliance helped the side to win the game on Sunday. The team will lock their horns with Mumbai Indians at Dubai International Stadium in a bid to win their first-ever title.

Ahead of the game against Mumbai Indians, here is what you need to know about Delhi Capitals. The SWOT Analysis of the first time finalists is as below:

#1) Strength

The strong Indian batting core has been the strength of the team for a year or two. Also, the team’s trade of Ajinkya Rahane has relived the burden on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer after Prithvi Shaw failing to impress throughout the tournament. Also, Shimron Hetmeyer and Marcus Stoinis have been a great addition to the team throughout the campaign for Delhi.

Though few doubted the bowling prowess of the team, it is the South African duo that has positively changed things for DC. Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje have been the perfect game-changers with their crucial bowling spells. One final hurrah on Tuesday can lead the team to their title dream.

#2) Weakness

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Delhi Capitals’ weakness lies in their middle order and lower middle-order. It has switched on and off in IPL 2020 and has been inconsistent. Rishabh Pant‘s poor form is the main reason behind the losses of Delhi Capitals. In IPL 2020, the left-handed batsman has just 287 runs from 13 games compared to 488 and 684 runs in the previous two campaigns. Shimron Hetmeyer has also failed to remain effective throughout despite showing the moment of brilliance here and there. The player has averaged 25.71 despite playing 11 games in IPL 2020. A middle-order failure against Mumbai Indians can dent the hopes on Tuesday at Dubai International Stadium.

#3) Opportunities

Delhi Capitals team management tweaked the team a bit for Qualifier 2 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Pravin Dubey was brought into the team at the expense of Prithvi Shaw. Though the Karnataka team player has failed to scalp any wickets, he has controlled the run flow in the middle overs. In a crucial game, the player gave runs at just seven runs per over when the opposition were all over them. A successful finale can make the player a regular starter in the Karnataka Ranji team ahead of the 2020/21 domestic season.

On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has a chance to knock on the national team selection doors once again with a crucial outing. The player has lost the place in ODIs and T20Is since the arrival of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav but four great overs in the finals can put him back in contention. It remains interesting to see how the test bowler utilizes the opportunity.

#4) Threats

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Delhi Capitals have relied heavily on Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje in the death overs. Even if one bowler goes for runs, there is no adequate back-up in the team to fill in the slots. In the previous game too, a slight error in judgment could have costed the game for Delhi Capitals. However, Rabada’s 19th over spoiled all the plans of Sunrisers Hyderabad with a four-wicket haul.

The lower-order batting is still a cause of concern for the team. With Marcus Stoinis doing well at the top of the batting order, it will be only Shimron Hetmeyer at the back. Rishabh Pant has failed to score at a higher strike rate which is a cause of concern for Ricky Ponting. The player has an abysmal striker rate of 109 compared to that of his career average of 152. A collapse would see the team out of the finals on Tuesday.

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