The verdict is out . Shreyas Iyer has suffered a dislocation in his left shoulder while trying to stop a shot from an England batsman in the 1st ODI and is now out of the remainder of the ODI series and at least the first half of IPL if not more. It is understood that if surgery is done to Iyer’s fragile shoulder then recovery can take around 3 months . This is indeed a major blow to Iyer’s IPL franchisee Dehi Capitals of which he is the captain and a key batsman .
With the extent of injury now being revealed it appears that in all probability unless the recovery is super quick, Shreyas Iyer is likely to miss the IPL 2021 which means Delhi Capitals will have to now hand over the mantle of captaincy to someone else . Rishabh Pant is understood to be the vice captain of Delhi Capitals and hence in all probability the captaincy responsibility will be handed over to him.
However there are many other names of senior and experienced team members that draws attention . Steve Smith , Ajinkya Rahane , Ravichandran Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan are 4 such names . Steve Smith is a former Australian captain and has done well for Rising Pune Supergiants as a captain in 2017 losing the final by barest of margins . Being an overseas player, his spot in the XI will be determined by his form as well as the team composition per match . Hence Smith is not an automatic choice and thus it is tough to see him as captain .
Ajinkya Rahane had a great test series as a captain in Australia but subsequently he is struggling with his batting form and hence not a certainty in the team . Thus it is difficult to see him getting the captaincy.
Ravichandran Ashwin has led Kings XI but it was not a successful stint. Ashwin tends to try too much as captain which can be counter productive though his spot in XI is pretty much secured as the main spinner.
Shikhar Dhawan has led Delhi couple of times and was the captain of Sunrisers few seasons back. He is a certainly in the XI and is in fluent touch . Experienced cricketer himself , he will have the respect of Smith , Rahane and Ashwin and hence can by a viable option for captaincy.
However it has to be seen now , that how the most likely candidate local boy, Rishabh Pant ‘s captaincy shape up should he get to lead the team in presence of many seniors in the team . All the Delhi fans are now waiting for the captaincy announcement from the franchisee after the unfortunate injury to Shreyas Iyer.