India won the first of the 3 ODIs against England. However, one setback for the Men in Blue was the injury to middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer. The Delhi Capitals captain injured his left-shoulder while fielding during the England innings. Reports have emerged that Iyer dislocated his shoulder and may need at least 6-8 weeks for treatment and recovery from the injury. This means not only is he out of this series but his participation in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is also in doubt. Today we shall be taking a look at the player who can replace Iyer as the DC captain untill he resumes.

1) Steve Smith:


As soon as Steve Smith was released by the Rajasthan Royals, fans started to contemplate which franchise would rope in the former Australia skipper in the Indian Premier League (2021) auction. In the end, the Delhi Capitals signed the veteran batsman for a little over his base price of INR 2.20 crore. It would be an icing over the cake if Steve Smith is named the new DC captain. A double promotion might just be a good move as Steve Smith has a superb record as a captain and has been magnificently. His win percentage as a captain is more than 50 and he has lead RPS and to the finals and playoffs respectively.

2) Ravichandran Ashwin:


Ashwin was the captain of the Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab), was traded to the Delhi Capitals before the 2020 season. The off-spinner is one of the smartest cricket minds in the world at the moment and could easily take the lead for the side. Ashwin scalped 138 goalkeepers in 154 IPL matches with an economical rate of 6.87 to place sixth on the all-Purple Cap list of all time. Last year, he picked up 13 goalkeepers at an economic rate of 7.66

3) Rishabh Pant:


Rishabh Pant has been a part of DC since 2016
A player who has been part of the roster since 2016, a man from one club Rishabh Pant is one of the foundations of DC playing XI. An excellent keeper knows the principles of the franchise well and could imperceptibly move into a leading role. Pant scored 2,079 runs in 68 matches, averaging 35.23 and a strike rate of 151.97, and the captaincy could take his game to the next level. The 23-year-old has led the Delhi home team in the past and has enough experience on the IPL scene to lead the team without too much difficulty.

By Arvind Krishnan

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