Former Indian opener and now commentator Aakash Chopra has picked an ideal playing XI for Delhi Capitals for the upcoming season of the IPL 2020. Chopra selected Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw as the openers of the team. Dhawan had scored 521 runs in the previous season and overall he has amassed 4579 runs in 159 IPL matches.
Shaw has impressed with his flamboyant strokeplay and the prodigy batsman has scored 598 runs in 25 IPL matches. Chopra has backed Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer to bat one down. Iyer has scored 1681 runs in 62 IPL matches.
Delhi Capitals wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant will bat at number four for Chopra. Pant has impressed with his pyrotechnics in the IPL and he has accumulated 1736 runs in 54 IPL matches. Chopra has picked West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer to bat at number five. The southpaw has scored 90 runs in five IPL matches and he can hit the big shots.
Chopra has selected Alex Carey to bat at number six for Delhi Capitals. Carey would be making his IPL debut in the upcoming season and he would aim to deliver the goods for the team.
Chopra prefers to play Axar Patel ahead of Marcus Stoinis as he feels the former can provide four overs to the team. Patel has scalped 71 wickets in 82 matches and he has also scored 796 runs.
Former Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin will bat at number eight for Chopra. Ashwin will bring experience to the table for the Capitals and he has scalped 125 wickets in 139 IPL matches.
Veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra will be the other spinner for Aakash Chopra. Mishra is one of the most successful bowlers in the IPL history as he has scalped 157 wickets in 147 IPL matches.
Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada will constitute the pace battery of the team. Ishant is an experienced campaigner and he has bagged 72 wickets in 89 IPL matches. Rabada was at his best in the previous season as he had finished as the second highest wicket-taker with 25 wickets in 12 IPL matches.
Aakash Chopra’s ideal Delhi Capitals playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Alex Carey, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada