IPL Auction Delhi Capitals | Top Buys & Full Squad

IPL Auction Delhi Capitals

IPL Auction Delhi Capitals saw them signing five players – the least number among the ten franchises. The Delhi-based franchise made an uncapped domestic player their most expensive buy and signed veteran pacer Ishant Sharma, who has yet to make an IPL appearance since the 2019 season. They filled both domestic and overseas slots for the 2023 edition. 

Let’s look at the franchise’s auction buys and the 2023 players list. 

IPL Auction Delhi Capitals – New Arrivals

Delhi Capitals (DC) retained 20 players from the IPL 2022 campaign, which saw them finish fifth. Shardul Thakur was traded to Kolkata Knight Riders in return for young all-rounder Aman Khan. Meanwhile, Tim Seifert, Mandeep Singh, K S Bharat, and Ashwin Hebbar didn’t feature in the retained players list.

The IPL 2020 runners-up fought hard for Nicholas Pooran’s signature, but the West Indian wicketkeeper-batter ended up at Lucknow Super Giants. However, they snapped up talented pacer Mukesh Kumar, outbidding Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings

The franchise also roped in white-ball batter Phil Salt, South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw, seasoned T20 campaigner Manish Pandey, and Ishant Sharma. Rossouw plied his trade with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and Salt will feature in IPL for the first time. 

Delhi Capitals IPL 2023 – Expensive Buys

Uncapped Mukesh Kumar was DC’s biggest purchase in IPL 2023 auction. The Rishabh Pant-led franchise shelled out Rs 5.5 crore for the 29-year-old, who impressed during India A’s trip to Bangladesh. Yet to make his IPL debut, Mukesh received a call-up to the India squad for the T20Is against Sri Lanka.

Left-handed batter Rilee Rossouw had a brilliant 2022 with the bat as he hit two T20I hundreds and a 96* against England. DC bought the player for Rs 4.6 crore – the franchise’s second-highest signing in the auction. Rossouw has played franchise cricket in England, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, etc.

With Rs 2.4 crore, Manish Pandey emerged as the third-highest purchase for Ricky Ponting’s men in the 2023 season. The IPL’s first Indian centurion, who represented six franchises in the league, made just 88 runs from six innings last season.

IPL Auction DC Players



Mukesh Kumar

₹5.5 cr

Rilee Rossouw

₹4.6 cr

Manish Pandey

₹2.4 cr

Phil Salt

₹2 cr

Ishant Sharma

₹50 lakh

Delhi Capitals IPL 2023 – The Dangerous Englishman

At 26, Phil Salt has already played in all popular T20 franchise leagues. The hard-hitting Englishman, who has a strike rate of 150 in T20s, is the perfect replacement for Tim Seifert. He has scored more than 1000 runs in 2022, which included a match-winning 88* off just 41 balls against Pakistan in Lahore.
Delhi Capitals Players List
The Delhi Capitals team for 2023 has world-class players in both the batting and bowling departments. The opening duo of David Warner and Prithvi Shaw is one of the most attacking-minded opening pairs in the league. Rishabh Pant will be keen on carrying his red-ball form into the shortest format. The Nortje-led bowling unit has quality pacers and two highly-experienced spinners. 
Here’s the full list of players:
Indian players – Rishabh Pant (captain), Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Ripal Patel, Prithvi Shaw, Pravin Dubey, Mukesh Kumar, Manish Pandey, Lalit Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Ishant Sharma, Chetan Sakariya, Axar Patel, Aman Khan 
Overseas players – Rovman Powell, Rilee Rossouw, Phil Salt, Mustafizur Rahman, Mitchell Marsh, Lungi Ngidi, David Warner, Anrich Nortje
DC Playing XI (probable) – David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Phil Salt, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant, Sarfaraz Khan, Axar Patel, Chetan Sakariya, Anrich Nortje, Kuldeep Yadav, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Team 2023 – Facts & Stats
Oldest player: David Warner (36 years)
Youngest player:  Yash Dhull & Vicky Ostwal (20 years)
Most IPL appearances: David Warner (162 matches)
Most IPL runs: David Warner (5881 runs)
Most IPL wickets: Axar Patel (101 wickets)
Delhi Capitals missed out on a top-four finish in IPL 2022. However, the capital city-based franchise has the necessary ammunition to lift the trophy. Will Delhi Capitals end a long wait for their first IPL silverware?

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