Delhi Capitals can challenge the supremacy of Mumbai Indians – Brad Hogg

Former Australian left-arm spinner Brad Hogg thinks Delhi Capitals are the team to beat in the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. The comeback of Shreyas Iyer and Ravichandran Ashwin have strengthened the team.

DC were leading the points table, with six wins from eight games when the league was called off due to the emergence of COVID-19 cases in the franchises. While Iyer was ruled out of the first half due to a shoulder injury, R Ashwin pulled out after playing five games as the virus hit his family members.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg stated that the break will work in DC’s favour.

“DC for me are the team to beat. Having this break, they have got (Shreyas) Iyer coming back into the line-up, which allows them to have a little bit of a variety with their overseas players. They don’t have to rely on Steve Smith now. It will give them a better balance. They have got (Ravichandran) Ashwin coming back as well. They are stronger with both Iyer and Ashwin back.”

The former cricketer further added that DC could challenge Mumbai Indians’ supremacy in the second half of IPL 2021. “DC are the only team that can knock MI off and stop them from winning a sixth IPL title. DC are the best team that I have seen on paper. With their balance, they can take on the might of MI and CSK.”