The much-anticipated mini-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 edition will take place in Kochi on December 23. Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan believes the Delhi Capitals (DC) must acquire backups for David Warner and Mitchell Marsh at the mini-auction. The franchise had a disappointing IPL season in 2022, failing to qualify for the playoffs and finishing in fifth place.
The Rishabh Pant-led team will enter the auction with a purse of INR 20.55 crore. The Capitals have retained 20 players, including Aman Khan, who was traded from the Kolkata Knight Riders for Shardul Thakur ahead of the mini-auction. They can buy a maximum of five players, including two foreigners.
Mitchell Marsh Has Had Lot Of Injury Issues – Irfan Pathan
During an interaction on the Star Sports show Game Plan, Irfan Pathan said that Delhi Capitals need back-up options to Warner and Marsh. The former India all-rounder believes that adding an experienced international finisher will bring balance to the group.
“They need to get a backup for David Warner. He is not getting younger. You need someone who can play that kind of role, be aggressive, and you need Mitchell Marsh’s replacement as well because Mitchell Marsh has had a lot of injury issues,” Irfan Pathan said.
“You have 20 crores available, which means you can go and get a proper all-rounder who is there in the auction, a top-quality all-rounder from international cricket as well. Along with that, if they can get an experienced international middle-order batter who can finish the game, I feel this side will look very solid,” he added.
The Delhi Capitals Look Very Strong – Irfan Pathan
Pathan noted that the Delhi-based franchise was already a formidable unit before the auction. The cricketer-turned-commentator highlighted that Rishabh Pant’s team has a lot of bases covered, as they have a quality bowling attack and quite a few batsmen.
“The Delhi Capitals look very strong. There are 20 players available already in their squad. They have got nearly 20 crores available in their purse for the auction. They have three proper quality fast bowlers as far as right-arm is concerned. They have three quality left-armers available.”
“They have a wrist-spinner in Kuldeep Yadav. They have a leader already there in the squad. They have quite a few batters. They have Prithvi Shaw and an attacking batter like Rishabh Pant. They look solid.”