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Within the final version of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals (DC) didn’t qualify for the playoffs for the primary time since 2019. Regardless of having large names similar to David Warner, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant, Kuldeep Yadav, and Anrich Nortje, the franchise didn’t carry out as much as expectations. On the mini-auction 2023, DC added some famend gamers similar to Manish Pandey, Phil Salt, and Rilee Rossouw to have a profitable marketing campaign this yr.
On the occasion, the franchise flabbergasted public sale watchers after they fetched the Bengal pacer Mukesh Kumar at INR 5.50 crore. The bowler is a famous title in home cricket however has no historical past within the IPL. This yr, he did properly for Bengal in a few home tournaments and grabbed the eyes of the franchise. Nonetheless, in the identical competitions, another bowlers additionally confirmed their brilliance and helped their groups to carry out excellently. For the Capitals, these might’ve emerged as higher choices than Kumar as a few of them have performed a number of cricket within the league additionally.
Listed below are three gamers DC ought to’ve gone for as a substitute of Mukesh Kumar
3. Sandeep Sharma
Earlier than the 2023 IPL public sale, Punjab Kings (PBKS) launched some names because of their non-performance within the final season. The franchise additionally lower ties with Sandeep Sharma, who received 5 video games in IPL 2022 and took solely two wickets at an financial system of seven.65.
On the mini-auction, Sharma registered his title together with his base quantity of INR 50 lakh. Nonetheless, the veteran went unsold on the occasion as no franchise confirmed curiosity in him. Regardless of taking part in 10 IPL seasons, he could not win the belief of any consumers to get featured within the upcoming season. The 29-year-old has picked up 114 scalps in 104 IPL matches at an financial system of seven.77.
With these bowling numbers and huge expertise, he deserved to get acquired on the public sale. Within the DC squad, the pacer might’ve been extra dependable than inexperienced Mukesh Kumar for such heavy quantity. This home season, he regarded unimaginable with the ball for Chandigarh. Showing in six matches of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022-23, he grabbed 10 wickets at a powerful financial system of 5.69.