Delhi Daredevils (DD) franchise was purchased for $84 million in the inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2008, thus landing the capital city of India its very own IPL cricket team. Since then, DD have been an integral part of league. The DD franchise has always been high profile side, mostly known for buying players at outrageous prices. After being semi-finalists in the 2008 and 2009 seasons, they have gone downhill every season since; nonetheless they have always had a massive fan base regardless of their show. Daredevils have had the privilege of having players like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen and Glenn McGrath being associated with them in the past. DD made some excellent picks in the IPL 2017 Auctions – Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins and Corey Anderson. The upcoming IPL 2017 season has not started on a very good note for the Daredevils with two crucial players – JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock already ruled out.
DD squad for the 10th edition of IPL has a blend of experience and youth. Led by former India paceman Zaheer Khan, Daredevils have the likes of Amit Mishra, Jayant Yadav, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Mohammed Shami and Shabaz Nadeem. Their international players included Carlos Brathwaire, Chris Morris, Sam Billings and Rabada. Replacements for Duminy and De Kock have not been named yet. Emerging players like Rishabh Pant, Ankit Bawne and Murugan Ashwin will be under the spot light.
Squad: Zaheer Khan (c), Aditya Tare, Amit Mishra, Angelo Mathews, Ankit Bawne, Carlos Brathwaite, Chama Milind, Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Jayant Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Karun Nair, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Pat Cummins, Pratyush Singh, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Iyer
Daredevils’ support staff includes the likes of Paddy Upton (coach), Rahul Dravid (mentor), Pravin Amre, Sridharan Sriram (batting coach) and TA Sekhar (bowling coach). Delhi play majority of their home games at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi, while also venturing out at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur since 2013. However, Raipur won’t host any match in IPL 10.
The Delhi-based IPL franchise DD is owned by Bangalore-based GMR Sports Pvt Ltd (GMR Group). GMR is one of India’s largest infrastructural companies. Delhi’s iconic Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium is its homeground.