Delhi Capitals have confirmed that Australian batsman David Warner will lead the team in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2023. The franchise has also named Indian all-rounder Axar Patel as the vice-captain.
David Warner brings experience and aggression to Delhi Capitals
Warner, who previously captained Sunrisers Hyderabad, is one of the most successful foreign players in IPL history, having scored over 5000 runs in 148 matches at an average of 42.22 and a strike rate of 142.39. The left-handed opener is known for his aggressive and dynamic batting style, as well as his leadership skills on and off the field.
DC will benefit from Warner’s experience and strategic acumen, as he has led Sunrisers Hyderabad to the playoffs five times and won the IPL title in 2016. Warner’s presence at the top of the order will also give Delhi Capitals a formidable opening combination, alongside Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan.
Axar Patel adds depth and variety to DC’ squad
Axar Patel, who was part of Delhi Capitals‘ squad in IPL 2022, has been promoted to the role of vice-captain for the upcoming season. The left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman had a successful campaign last year, taking 16 wickets in 16 matches at an economy rate of 7.08 and scoring 152 runs at an average of 30.40.
Patel’s inclusion as vice-captain will add depth and variety to Delhi Capitals’ squad, as he can provide useful contributions with both bat and ball. The 27-year-old has also represented India in all three formats of the game and has been a consistent performer in domestic cricket.
DC look to build on successful IPL 2022 campaign
Delhi Capitals had a strong IPL 2022 season, finishing as the runners-up after losing to Chennai Super Kings in the final. The franchise will look to build on that success in IPL 2023, with Warner and Patel leading the way. Delhi Capitals have retained several key players from their IPL 2022 squad, including Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, and Anrich Nortje. The team has also added some promising youngsters to the mix, such as Indian batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal and South African pacer Duanne Olivier.
In summary, DC have made a strategic decision by appointing David Warner as captain and Axar Patel as vice-captain for IPL 2023. The team will benefit from Warner’s experience and aggression at the top of the order, as well as Patel’s depth and variety with both bat and ball. Delhi Capitals will aim to build on their successful IPL 2022 campaign and challenge for the title in the upcoming season.
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