Delhi Capitals have been dealt with a massive blow ahead of IPL 2022 as they are likely to miss five overseas cricketers in the first few matches. While the domestic and Indian cricketers have already graced the training, many overseas cricketers are yet to land in India.
With international series going on, they are likely to miss the first week of the tournament. Currently, Australia are playing Pakistan in a three-match Test series followed by a limited-overs leg while South Africa will host Bangladesh for a three-match ODI series which will conclude on March 23.
The Proteas cricketers, who have decided to skip the Test series for IPL and Bangladesh players will travel to India and complete the mandatory quarantine that makes them unavailable for a couple of games.
On the other hand, Australia’s series against Pakistan will get over on April 6. The contracted players will only be available after that while the cricketers, who are not part of the Pakistan series, can only travel to India after April 6 as per recent Cricket Australia directives.
As a result, Delhi Capitals will miss the services of David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, and Mustafizur Rahman in the first couple of games. The franchise will have to rely on swashbuckling all-rounder Rovman Powell and New Zealand cricketer Tim Seifert to do the job for the side.
Delhi Capitals will begin their IPL 2022 campaign against five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians on March 27 at the Brabourne Stadium.
“I can learn a thing or two from him” – Rovman Powell on Delhi Capitals head coach
The 28-year-old all-rounder from West Indies, who gave a hard time to the Indian bowlers in the recent series against India, stated that he is keen to pick Ricky Ponting’s brain in training.
“As a child I watched Ricky Ponting bat a lot. We know the type of leader he was when he captained the Australian team and I think he is the same type of leader as a coach as well. He is really good and hopefully I can learn a thing or two from him,” Powell said.
Rovman Powell has represented West Indies in 39 T20Is scoring 619 runs at a strike rate of 138.78 with one hundred and three fifties.