We are just over the halfway stage of the 2020 Indian Premier League and the Delhi Capitals have been the standout team of the competition, and dominating the odds across all betting sites in India thus far. It has been a long time since the franchise have found themselves at the top of the table and have had everyone speak about their chances of not just reaching the playoffs, but also possibly winning their maiden crown.

A large amount of credit for their performance has gone to Kagiso Rabada, who has claimed 18 wickets in eight matches so far and Marcus Stoinis, whose late-order hitting has given the Capitals the extra momentum their innings has needed more than once in this tournament thus far.

However, there has been one under-mentioned factor to Delhi's performance this season. Shreyas Iyer, who took over the reigns of this side in the middle of the 2018 season, has contributed enormously for the franchise's consistent showing this year. 

Prithvi Shaw has played with the 'devil-may-care' attitude at the top that has come off sometimes and made him look silly on other occasions. Shikhar Dhawan had come good in the last few games, but otherwise not gone on to get the big score, regularly. 

 Iyer has been the glue holding this Delhi batting unit together and that is reflected in his numbers for this season. 298 runs in eight matches at an average of 42.57 and strike-rate of 135.45, making the Mumbai-batsman the leading run-maker for his team this season, so far.

An all-round player with an uncluttered mind

 What the numbers tell is that Iyer has been the player the Capitals have rallied around this season. Unlike a Shaw or a Stoinis, Shreyas Iyer is not a frequent boundary hitter, but his ability to run well between the sticks, coupled with timely hits to the fence and over it has ensured the run-rate has never dipped at any point when he is present in the middle.

 The impressive aspect to Iyer's play is that he can play well, both off the quicks as well as the spinners. Against the former, he possesses a good front game, where he gets a nice stride to the pitch of the ball and drives handsomely and he  plays well off the backfoot too, using the cut stroke to good effect.

 Against the spinners, Iyer is unafraid to go aerial. However, his choice of shot while taking that route gives him maximum reward. Unlike few other players, Iyer goes straight and sends the ball way back into the stands. It is a risk-free option, with no chance of him getting out.

 A player like Iyer, in a team full of stroke-makers, is something the other teams would crave for, He is Delhi's anchor. Their Mr. Consistent. 

 With greater tests ahead of them in the second half of the competition, Iyer's runs at number four will be crucial, if he and his team are to give themselves their best chance of winning the elusive crown on the 10th of November.

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