Sanju Samson(9.5 credits)
Samson has been in dismal shape in the last few games since beginning this year’s IPL with a bang. His scores in the previous 5 games were 8, 4, 0, 5 and 26. He suffered immensely, and he gave it away even after having a lead in the last round. He looks like he has lost all the confidence he won in the first two games, and he is going to find it very hard to get the confidence back against a controlled and threatening Delhi bowling line up. He’s a player in the class, but it’s better to keep him out.
Shikhar Dhawan (9 credits)
Shikhar Dhawan had a decent IPL season. He had 201 runs in 7 games and the last match against MI, and he got his first 50 of the tournament. But he’s also pretty much from his absolute best. He played just 125 at a strike rate and didn’t look in much rhythm. He is going to be up against a bowling line up that likes to mess around with combinations, and he is likely to fail and should be left out of the squad given Dhawan’s failure to get a move on in this IPL.
Prithvi Shaw (9 credits)
Shaw’s numbers may look close to Dhawan’s with 202 runs in 7 games, but they did a lot better job than him. At an SR of 150, he went about his business and scored two 50s. However, he has shown a propensity to battle against quality pacers right through this year’s IPL, and also in the last few years, especially when facing shorter deliveries. With bouncers, Jofra Archer is likely to challenge him. He again fired him earlier in the season. It would be safer to eliminate him, with such an apparent risk to Shaw.