Connect with us

Sport

Iyer set for comeback, is there a place for Smith?

DC Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer set for comeback, is there a place for Steve Smith in Delhi Capitals Playing XI?

[ad_1]

DC Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer set for comeback, is there a place for Steve Smith in Delhi Capitals Playing XI?
DC Playing XI vs SRH, IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer set for comeback, is there a place for Steve Smith in Delhi Capitals Playing XI?

DC Playing XI vs SRH IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals’ regular captain Shreyas Iyer is all set to return to Playing XI after a long injury lay-off but he will have to play under Rishabh Pant as he has been given the green signal to lead the side despite the former’s presence. While it will be an uncomfortable situation, the eyes will be on whether Steve Smith find a place in DC’s Playing XI against Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.

With no Shreyas Iyer in Phase 1, Steve Smith entered the Playing XI in the expense of Ajinkya Rahane while Anrich Nortje also had to sit out due to foreign players’ rule. Smith wasn’t impressive in the six matches that he played. His highest score was 34 and he averaged just 26 with a strike rate of 111.82. It was Delhi openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw who scored the bulk of runs with little help from Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.

Also Read: IPL 2021: 3 reasons why Virat Kohli quit as India T20I and Royal Challengers Bangalore captaincy

DC Playing XI vs SRH IPL 2021: But Steve Smith has come to IPL Phase 2 after recovering from an injury with the hopes of playing and get back to form ahead of the T20 World Cup. Considering that, it remains to be seen if Delhi Capitals manage to make a place for him in the team. But it will be difficult.

DC Playing XI vs SRH IPL 2021: Why it is difficult for Steve Smith to feature?

Advertisement
  • In Delhi’s four foreign players quota in Playing XI, Kagiso Rabada, Marcus Stoinis are two guaranteed starters besides Shimron Hetmyer.
  • Playing Steve Smith will mean that Anrich Nortje will have to sit out.
  • Despite immense talent and skills, Steve Smith hasn’t yet proven his worth as a T20 batsman.
  • In Phase 1, Smith scored just 104 runs from six innings at an average of 26.00 with a strike rate of just 111.82.
  • Taking a pacer in Anrich Nortje will also help balance the Playing XI.

Also Read: KKR vs RCB LIVE IPL 2021: Eoin Morgan’s job & KKR’s survival on line against Kohli’s RCB, can they stay alive, Follow LIVE updates

DC Playing XI vs SRH IPL 2021: Considering that, it is likely that Steve Smith will sit out while Shimron Hetmyer will be retained in Playing XI. However, the good news is that Shreyas Iyer will be back. It will be a major boost for DC’s top-heavy batting. In IPL 2020, Iyer slammed 519 runs in 17 matches at an average of 34.60.

As DC have often struggled after an excellent opening partnership, Shreyas Iyer can provide the solidity at No 3 and anchor for a big total while Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis can play quickfire knocks.

DC Playing XI vs SRH IPL 2021: As for the bowling department, having Anrich Nortje and Rabada both will be important as the Dubai International Stadium pitch offered plenty of assistance for pacers with the new ball. Trent Boult and Adam Milne took full advantage of that against CSK on Sunday.

Delhi Capitals Playing XI vs SRH: Openers: Prithvi Shaw & Shikhar Dhawan, No 3: Shreyas Iyer, No 4: Shimron Hetmyer, No 5: Marcus Stoinis, No 6: Rishabh Pant (C & WK), No 7: Ravichandran Ashwin, No 8: Axar Patel, No 9: Avesh Khan/ Umesh Yadav, No 10: Kagiso Rabada, No 11: Anrich Nortje

Advertisement

[ad_2]

Trending