IPL 2021 Preview: Delhi Capitals (DC)

Formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils, the franchise underwent rebranding ahead of IPL 2019. Delhi Capitals’ record in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has not been outstanding, but they turned heads in the 2019 edition of cricket’s mega-event when they finished third on the podium. They then went one better in 2020, making the final.

Cashing in on their improved performance in what was their best-ever season, the team has retained some consistent players from the past season, while it has also added a couple of new faces to the roster ahead of the 2021 campaign.

It would take some doing to match what they achieved last year or even go one better, but this is a fine set of players we’re talking about here.

Let’s go through some Delhi Capitals betting opportunities and figure out how they might fare this campaign.

How did the Delhi Capitals do in IPL 2020?

They can be extremely proud of what they achieved. Delhi finished the Group Stages in second place to the Mumbai Indians after an excellent start to the campaign, where a combination of dominant displays and good handling of pressure situations saw them top the table after the first few games.

A good example of handling high-pressure situations was their early win in their very first match against the Kings XI Punjab. Marcus Stoinis bowled an excellent last over to take the game to a Super Over and Delhi then won that convincingly.

In the Playoffs, they lost to Mumbai in the Qualifier 1 but then came back to beat SRH in the Qualifier 2 after an impressive 78 from Shikhar Dhawan.

So, it was Mumbai again in the final and the Indians were just too classy for them. Batting first, 156 was never going to be enough and Rohit Sharma’s side chased it easily. But a runner-up spot was a very good return.


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How to Bet

You can carry out online betting or mobile betting on all IPL games. You can download IPL Betting Apps at both the Apple and Google Play store to place your bets in a safe and secure manner. Don’t forget to take full advantage of our Delhi Capitals betting tips before you place your bets.

Those of you who have never placed an IPL bet before at a sportsbook can follow these three simple steps to start your betting process.

Step 1: Pick any one or two of the above betting sites, create an account and make sure you claim your welcome bonus.

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Step 3: If you are wondering how to figure out Delhi Capitals betting odds, just enter the amount you want to bet in the bet slip and let the system automatically calculate the odds and the potential payout you will receive if you win. It’s as easy as that.


You can get Delhi Capitals betting odds of 6.0 with 10CRIC on Shreyas Iyer’s men winning it. That makes them the third favorites after Mumbai and RCB.

Those are odds that look about right to us. They should probably be shorter in the betting than RCB but should certainly be longer than Mumbai.

What can we expect from DELHI CAPITALS in IPL 2021?

Their squad looks slightly stronger than it did last year as we’ll see in a minute. But they need to make the right decisions in terms of player selection, especially when it comes to their overseas players.

They simply cannot afford to give one of their overseas spots to new recruit Steve Smith. He’s not the greatest T20 player at the best of times and with plenty of quality Indian batsmen on board already, they can’t be including Smith to fill a role that doesn’t need to be filled.

One of the big reasons for their success last year was the pace partnership of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada. These two need to always play when available and so should powerful all-rounder Marcus Stoinis.

Then it should be a case of picking one of Sam Billings, Sam Curran or Chris Woakes for the fourth overseas spot. Or even Shimron Hetmyer. Providing the right balance is something they need to get right.

If they do, a Play-Off spot should be the bare minimum.

Shikhar Dhawan leads Delhi Capitals betting odds for Top Batsman

Player Odds on Betway
Shikhar Dhawan 2.75
Prithvi Shaw 4.00
Rishabh Pant 4.00
Shreyas Iyer 5.50
Ajinkya Rahane 6.50
Steven Smith 6.50
Marcus Stoinis 11.00
Shimron Hetmyer 17.00
Sam Billings 26.00

Recommended Tip: Large stake on Shikhar Dhawan.

Kagiso Rabada leads Delhi Capitals betting odds for Top Bowler

Player Odds on Betway
Kagiso Rabada 2.00
Anrich Nortje 3.25
Ravi Ashwin 7.00
Ishant Sharma 9.00
Tom Curran 9.00
Axar Patel 17.00
Umesh Yadav 17.00
Amit Mishra 21.00
Chris Woakes 21.00

Recommended Tip: Large stake on Kagiso Rabada.

Place your bet on Kagiso Rabada to be DC’s top bowler on Betway.

Who are the best Delhi Capitals players to bet on?

Kagiso Rabada was the IPL’s Top Bowler last year and should get plenty of wickets again this time. So, he’s always a good candidate for top bowler in individual matches. However, you should be aware that he could miss a couple of matches due to international commitments so may not be a good bet for IPL top bowler again.

Stoinis is often available at some big odds for top Delhi batsman on a match-by-match basis. He doesn’t win that often because he generally bats at 5 or 6 but when he does win, you can look forward to some serious payouts.

But don’t forget about Axar Patel. He often bowls some truly miserly spells with his left-arm spin and generally takes at least a wicket, so could be a good candidate for man of the match.


Rishabh Pant will be the top earner on 15 Crore, followed by Shimron Hetmyer (7.76 Crore), Ravi Ashwin (7.6) and new signing Tom Curran (5.25).

Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada are among the other big money men.


Here is a list of Delhi’s results in the IPL since the competition began in 2008.

2008: Semi-finalist
2009: Semi-finalist
2010: Fifth
2011: 10th
2012: Playoff
2013: Ninth
2014: Eighth
2015: Seventh
2016: Sixth
2017: Sixth
2018: Eighth
2019: Playoff

2020: Second.


Out went Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma and Jason Roy.

None of those were important players for them last season and some of them were on large salaries so it’s hardly surprising they were released.

In came: Steve Smith, Manimaran Siddharth, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Lukman Meriwala, Vishnu Vinod, Ripal Patel, Sam Billings

We’ve mentioned Smith already and how he looks a poor purchase, but Sam Billings could be a key man in the ‘finisher’ role should they decide to play him. Umesh Yadav can be a bit hit and miss but, on his day, he can bowl quick and take early wickets.


Delhi’s strong batting line-up means they have plenty of options in the top and middle order, but they need to be smart in their choice of bowlers.  Indian pitches have been traditionally good for spinners, so it will be tricky for Delhi to select a decent mix of pacers and spinners.

Like many teams, it will be difficult for them to pick just four foreign players.

Dhawan seems an obvious choice for opening the innings, but they may decide not to persist with Prithvi Shaw after he had such a disappointing campaign last season.

Rabada and Nortje are likely to open the bowling given how impressive they were as bowling partnership last season. And they certainly have no lack of Indian spinners, a big boost to their chances. Stoinis will surely play, but just where he will bat remains a bit uncertain.

Here’s the projected playing XI:

  1. Shikhar Dhawan
  2. Prithvi Shaw.
  3. Shreyas Iyer.
  4. Rishabh Pant.
  5. Ajinkya Rahane.
  6. Marcus Stoinis.
  7. Chris Woakes.
  8. Ravi Ashwin.
  9. Axar Patel.
  10. Anrich Nortje.
  11. Kagiso Rabada.


Delhi have a big advantage over some other teams in that they have plenty of classy Indian batsmen in the top order. Shaw, Pant, Iyer and Dhawan are the best of them while the experience of Ajinkya Rahane could be vital in certain games. Having all these Indian batters means they can field overseas players in other areas.

They also have lots of variety in their bowling. There’s pace in Nortje and Rabada, the off spin of Ashwin, the left arm spin of Axar Patel and the smart and accurate bowling of Stoinis. And Woakes, if they decide to play him.


There isn’t an obvious player to partner Dhawan at the top of the order. Shaw had a season to forget last year, Rahane can sometimes score too slowly and they haven’t been keen on opening with Stoinis.

Delhi failed to handle the big moments last year. Both in the Qualifier 1 and the final they lost convincingly, both times against Mumbai. They’ll have to learn to beat Mumbai (!) and handle themselves a bit better in do-or-die matches.


Delhi Capitals made it to the finals in IPL 2020. Shreyas Iyer’s men can go on one step ahead and lift the IPL trophy for the first time. The IPL betting odds market for the outright winner have put Delhi just below Mumbai Indians. We do not think Delhi will win the IPL this time as we are backing Mumbai to lift the trophy for the 3rd time in a row.