Ankit Jr. Staff Writer
Updated – Jan 7, 2022 9:26 am
Ever since Delhi Daredevils became Delhi Capitals, the performance of the team on the points table also changed. In the last three years, the Capitals have qualified for the playoffs on all three occasions and came out as runner-up during the 2020 season. During the last season, Delhi finished in the first position in the points table and then lost both the qualifier and the eliminator game.
The IPL auction is an event that not every team has understood properly and Delhi was one such team that made some of the blunders during the auction in the initial years. However, since 2018, the think tank actually took decisions that made a lot of sense.
Before the upcoming IPL Auction, Delhi decided to retain Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, and Anrich Nortje. But, there were a few more players whom the team could have retained instead of these four.
Delhi Capitals had to choose between Kagiso Rabada and Nortje, and the team went ahead with the latter one. Nortje had joined the team in 2020 to replace Chris Woakes, but Rabada was a part of the team since 2017. He has taken 76 wickets in 50 matches at an average of 20.52 and an economy of 8.21 for the franchise.
Rabada didn’t feature in the 2018 season of the league after suffering a lower back stress fracture. Delhi had used the Right to Match card during that year’s auction to pick him for INR 4.2 crores. Delhi decided to retain Rabada before the 2019 auction and he proved his worth by picking 25 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 14.72.
The best of Rabada came during the 2020 season when he picked 30 wickets in 17 matches at an average of 18.26 and won the purple cap for picking the most number of wickets. Rabada’s form depleted during the 2021 season as he finished the campaign with 15 wickets in 15 matches and that might have been the reason he was not retained by the franchise.

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