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IPL 2022 – Benched Delhi Capitals players who deserve to play in the starting XI

The Delhi Capitals spent 47.4 crores on 20 players at the start of the 15th edition of the Tata IPL, out of a budget of 90 crores. They did well in the huge auction, bringing in a few match-winners as well as some raw, talented young men. The Capitals’ management also brought in match-winners like Shane Watson and Ajit Agarkar to teach and advise the players in their quest for their first IPL victory.

However, not all of the management’s 20 players have been given opportunity to break into the starting 11. Delhi, now sixth in the points table, has a few bases to cover in terms of their inexperienced bowling unit, which lacks an international flavour, and the middle order, which can be boosted with the acquisition of certain players.

Let’s take a look at benched Delhi Capitals players who deserve to play in the starting XI.

Number 1. Kamlesh Nagarkoti


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Delhi was searching for a fast-bowling all-rounder to fill a void left by the absence of Marcus Stoinis and Chris Woakes this season. Despite being injured during the pre-season, Delhi Management trusted Nagarkoti and signed him for a staggering 1.10 crore. Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who bowled at above 145 kmph, made waves during India’s triumphant U-19 World Cup campaign in 2018. However, Kamlesh has yet to live up to the hype of being a fast-bowling all-rounder in the IPL.

Kamlesh has taken five wickets in seven IPL matches for KKR so far. Kamlesh is a quick bowler who often clocks 140+, a gun fielder, and no slouch with the bat. Nagarkoti took 10 and 9 wickets for India’s under-19 side in the 2017 and 2018 seasons, respectively, while conceding less than 4.50 runs per over. Kamlesh had also scored 113 runs in five innings in 2017, with a solid average of 37.66.

Apart from Shardul Thakur, Delhi does not have a genuine fast bowling all-rounder. As a result, the Capitals can look to Kamlesh Nagarkoti to provide extra depth in both the bowling and batting areas. Nagarkoti, a field athlete, can also assist them save some extra runs with those 22-year-old fresh legs.


Number 2. Yash Dhull


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Yash Dhull, another under-19 talent from Delhi, was signed for barely 50 lakhs. Even after a great under-19 championship, India’s Under-19 Captain has been in blistering form. Dhull, who will make his debut for the Delhi Ranji team in the 2021-22 season, has already wowed everyone with his shot-making ability and demeanour. Yash has averaged 119.8 in three matches for Delhi and has scored 479 runs in six innings, with his best score being 200 not out!

Yash already checks all of the boxes for a T20 batter. Yash Dhull can serve as a floater for Delhi, which has a shaky middle order. Dhull, as we’ve seen, played some creative and deft shots for India in the under-19 competition. Under duress, the under-19 skipper also hit a game-winning inning of 110 in the semi-finals to send his side home.

Dhull can undoubtedly be an asset to the Delhi Capitals in the long run, and he can be developed into a world-class hitter by the likes of Ricky Ponting and Shane Watson. Delhi, who are now sixth in the league, require a consistent batter in the middle order. Because the Capitals’ lineup is loaded with explosive batters, someone like Yash may be the missing piece. Someone who can play sensibly according to the scenario, soaking in the pressure, but can go all out if the occasion calls for it, as we saw in the under-19 games.


Number 3. Lungi Ngidi


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Lungi Ngidi, a tall South African hit-the-deck bowler, cost the Delhi Capitals a base price of 50 lakhs. Lungi has struggled to sneak into Delhi’s starting squad, which only has one right-arm seamer, Shardul Thakur, a former CSK teammate. Delhi has struggled to pick up wickets in the power play and death overs in the absence of Anrich Nortje, who has been out of form this season.

Lungi, who played for the Chennai Super Kings from the 2018 season until last year, was a match-winner for the team. Ngidi has been a wicket-taker in the IPL, with 25 wickets at a strike rate of 12.96. With the majority of the matches this year being played in Mumbai and Pune, which are noted for their pace and bounce, Lungi’s height allows him to exploit such surfaces immensely.

With 11 wickets, Lungi was also Chennai’s third-highest wicket-taker in the triumphant 2018 edition. Ngidi’s ability to pick up a wicket virtually every 13th ball gives him a strong contender for a spot in Delhi’s starting eleven. Delhi has only one overseas seamer, Mustafizur Rahman, who hasn’t been performing to his full capacity, and Ngidi can fully fill the hole with his added pace and variations if given the opportunity by the Delhi management.