The former CSK Batsman Robin Uthappa has been left perplexed by a couple of retention decisions that the Delhi Capitals have made. Uthappa can’t believe Delhi has let go of two of their experienced players who could have been of great use to the team.
According to Uthappa, Delhi Capitals should have thought about retaining the South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada. They have already retained Anrich Nortje, so with Rabada they would have had a lethal new-ball pair and then with a couple of Indians fast bowlers in the mega auction, their attack would have been set up without any fuss and it would have been a quality attack as well.
Similarly, the Capitals, in Uthappa’s view, should have retained Shikhar Dhawan in the batting department, as he complements Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order and having a strong and complementary top order is extremely vital for any T20 team at the highest level.
“Shikhar, for sure. He has done so exceptionally well for them. It was a no-brainer. I thought Kagiso Rabada would be a no-brainer,” Robin Uthappa said on Star Sports when he was asked about Delhi Capitals’ retentions.
Rishabh Pant was always the top choice of Delhi Capitals for obvious reasons
Delhi Capitals were always going to retain Rishabh Pant as their first choice player as he is the one whom they are banking on to take the franchise forward, not just as the captain of the team, but as the face of the franchise as well.
Pant is someone who is gradually becoming a household name now and is always very important for the brand Delhi Capitals are trying to create. Prithvi Shaw is not very different either, as he is another extremely exciting talent who can be on his way to stardom in near future.
Once Delhi Capitals retained Pant and Shaw, they had two slots left and while the overseas fast bowler Anrich Nortje filled one of those slots, they went for Axar Patel as the other option as he gives the franchise two dimensions, being one of the top specialist bowlers and also a no. 7 batsman.
Robin Uthappa thinks Delhi Capitals might have compromised a bit on the overall quality while deciding their retentions, which might be a correct assessment, but Delhi wanted players of different profiles to set up a core from where they can build on, as they move ahead to the mega auction.