Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis has predicted that the Delhi Capitals will clinch the IPL 2023 trophy. Kallis made this prediction just before the commencement of the highly anticipated tournament.
Delhi Capitals’ IPL Record
The IPL trophy has remained elusive for the Delhi Capitals. Their best performance was during IPL 2020, where they reached the finals but lost to Mumbai Indians. During the previous season, the Delhi Capitals failed to secure a spot in the playoffs as they finished fifth in the points table, managing only seven wins alongside as many losses.
This year, Delhi Capitals are facing a significant hurdle as their regular captain, Rishabh Pant, is unavailable. The duties of the captaincy have been handed over to Australian star opener David Warner. Delhi’s squad is strong, but they have a middle-order batting issue with limited options.
Kallis’ IPL Record
Jacques Kallis himself has played in the IPL. He was a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2008-2010 and Kolkata Knight Riders from 2011-2014. Kallis played for the IPL team KKR which secured the tournament victory in 2012 and 2014. During his career, Kallis achieved the remarkable feat of scoring 2,427 runs in 98 matches with a strike rate of 109.23 and an average of 28.55. Along with that, he also grabbed 65 wickets with his best bowling average being 35.28, and an economy rate of 7.90. Kallis’ best bowling figures were 3/13.
According to Kallis, Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians are the front-runners to reach the final, but he predicts that Delhi Capitals will be crowned the IPL 2023 champions. According to Kallis, “Predicting the IPL playoffs is challenging due to the closely competitive nature of the teams.” I have a hunch that this year’s IPL trophy will be contested between the Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals, and I predict that Delhi will emerge victorious.
Only time will tell if Jacques Kallis’ prediction will come true, but the IPL is a tournament that always surprises us. Delhi Capitals will need to perform at their best to prove Kallis right and lift the trophy for the first time in IPL history. With the tournament underway, fans and cricket enthusiasts around the world eagerly await the outcome of the IPL 2023.