We are previewing a team who has constantly been hovering around bottom of the table for many years now except for the last year when they qualified for the play-offs for the first time in many years.
We are talking about Delhi Capitals, whose fortunes changed with the change in the the name of their frenchise last year when they changed to Delhi Capitals from Delhi Daredevils.
The daredevilness seems to be coming back to the team soon as they abandoned the daredevils title.
The team with probably the best Indian core and some fearless young guns is making a strong case for them this year.
Batsman : Shreyas Iyer (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shimron Hetmyer
All Rounder : Marcus Stoinis, Keemo Paul, Daniel Sams, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Lalit Yadav
Wicket-Keeper : Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey
Bowlers : Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Anrich Nortje, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Tushar Deshpande
DC is top top-heavy with Indian players with a mix of young and experienced campaigners in top four or even top five.
In IPL UAE conditions, Ajinkya Rahane might prove to be game-changer for young Delhi side, who can bring the stability in the otherwise inexperienced side.
Lack of quality all-rounders down the order who can hit the long ball is an issue to be addressed.
Otherwise they have an all round bowling attack with Rabada, Mishra, Ishant, Ashwin and Lamichhane.
DC has a fairly new captain who has handled the team well under the coaching of Ricky Ponting.
If Rishabh Pant clicks as a finisher down the order, then Delhi has all the ammunition in their armoury to be the Champions, which they missed by a whisker last year.
Delhi might play their maiden final this year which they have been chasing since the start of the IPL.