Shikhar Dhawan (9.5 credits)
The tournament wasn’t too bad for Shikhar Dhawan. In five matches, he has scored 127 runs. But, especially for this match, his strike rate of 122 is concerning. You would like batsmen to get going from the word go in such a small ground like Sharjah, and Shikhar Dhawan hasn’t managed to do that.
This match has at least four-five top-notch, aggressive batsmen who performed well in Sharjah recently. Hence, we’re going to leave Shikhar Dhawan out to accommodate those batsmen.
Marcus Stoinis (9 credits)
For many people, this may come as a surprise. Marcus Stoinis was one of the key reasons why Delhi Capitals performed so well. But we have to understand the dynamics in this match. At least four batsmen of Delhi will come in this match before Marcus Stoinis.
And in the form they are in, combined with the fact that the bowling of Rajasthan Royals has been underwhelming, there is a very high chance that the four batsmen will end up playing most of the overs. Marcus Stoinis could not even get an opportunity to bat because of this. Therefore, it would be a wise choice to keep him out for this match, despite Stoinis’ heroics with the bat.
Rahul Tewatia (8.5 credits)
The last time they played in Sharjah, Rahul Tewatia was a star for Rajasthan Royals. While it was an extremely good performance, we can comfortably bracket it up as a freaky day for him. He has not been able to do much with the ball or bat since then.
Only because of his last performance here, a lot of people are going to pick him into their Dream11 team. But this Delhi Capitals team is far superior to Kings XI Punjab, and in their ranks they have a range of outstanding bowlers who can dismiss Rahul Tewatia.
In addition, not only do Delhi Capitals have a range of left handers that would make his legspin ineffective, but Shreyas Iyer, their skipper, also likes to play spin bowling. Hence, keeping Rahul Tewatia out of your team would be a safe choice.