Indian Premier League 2019: Delhi Daredevils Renamed To Delhi Capitals

Grant SmithDec 06, 2018

Hoping for a change in fortunes in the cash-rich Indian Premier League, Delhi Daredevils franchise have now been renamed as "Delhi Capitals".

The GMR group, a property development company, successfully bid for the Delhi-based team for a sum of United States dollars 84 million in January 2008. After being known as the Delhi Daredevils for the past decade, Delhi's IPL team will now be called Delhi Capitals.

Having retained 14 players from the previous team, Delhi can fill up to ten slots - seven Indian positions and three overseas spots - during the auction on December 18.

"We, at JSW Sports, are proud to be associated with the capital city of India and wanted our team, our players, our fans to wear that fact with pride", said Parth Jindal, co-owner and chairman, Delhi Capitals. The new identity of the Delhi franchise was unveiled here on Tuesday. Going by the tagline "A New Delhi Rises", the event was broadcast live on its official Instagram and Facebook pages too.

Ahead of the start of the season, Delhi left Gautam Gambhir for IPL 2019. The Delhi franchise has realeased former captain Gautam Gambhir ahead of IPL 2019 auctions.

Mohammed Kaif was earlier named as the team's assistant coach while Ricky Ponting continues to be the head coach of the team. The squad has already been bolstered by the return of Shikhar Dhawan, who has switched over from Sunrisers Hyderabad. The side boasts of some fine young talent in skipper Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant.

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