Former India opener and experienced commentator Akash Chopra has selected his ideal XI for Delhi Capitals. It was very much on expected lines. However Akash has excluded the high profile Australian batting international Steve Smith from the XI. No spot for Steve Smith in Akash Chopra’s Delhi Capitals ideal XI.
The logic as explained by Akash is that if Smith is played at 3 then one of Hetmyer or Stoinis has to give way and both a T20 matchwinners. (compared to Smith whose T20 credentials are not as bright as his other formats).
Hence Rahane takes the number 3 spot in Akash’s XI and he includes both Hetmyer and Stoinis alongside the two South African quicks in the XI.
The team is as under.
Aakash Chopra’s ideal DC XI for IPL 2021:
Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Umesh Yadav / Ishant Sharma.