For the first time in the history of IPL, Delhi Capitals made their way to the finals of IPL 2020. Ahead of IPL 2021 Delhi Capitals will look forward to strengthen their team as they gear up for the IPL auction which is scheduled to be held on Thursday in Chennai.
Delhi Capitals retained its core squad in January 2021, while releasing six players for the upcoming IPL 2021. DC will participate in the auction with a total of eight vacant slots including three overseas slots. DC’s assistant coach Mohammad Kaif and Pravin Amre expressed that the Delhi Capitals franchise will look forward to bid for the possible back-ups for their retained core unit.
“We already have our main core unit who played in the last season. We have released a few players, so we will be looking to fill those gaps. I think flexibility is the key in the auction,” said Kaif.
“One can have all the plans for the auction, but things can change on the auction table. We have to take spontaneous decisions.
“Our main players have been playing continuously and there are no fitness issues as well. So, we’ll be looking to acquire some back-up players in tomorrow’s auction.”
Commenting on the current squad, Delhi Capitals’ assistant coach Pravin Amre said: “I must say the owners and the head Coach have done a great job by retaining the core unit of this team who played the final in 2020.
“To be honest, if we are asked to play tomorrow also, we have a playing XI ready with us, so I think that’s the successful planning, and that’s what we learned from other teams also, who back their core for a long time.
“This team actually played great cricket last year, and everyone, not only management, but they won the hearts of DC fans also. I think that’s the reason why they deserve to be here as a unit,” he added.
Amre further added that the Delhi Capitals team management has a well-defined plan to go ahead into the IPL auction 2021.
“We are in a clear frame of mind about what we are going to do on the auction table. We are not desperate to go behind only one player, who can come and fit in the playing XI, that’s not the case for us,” Amre said.
“The IPL is a tough tournament, anything can happen with key players, like injury or other reasons, and so that’s why we should have that back-up for each and every one. So, that’s the area we are looking to target going into the auction,” Amre added.