Ahead of the 2019 edition of IPL, the Delhi-based franchise, which had entered into a 50-50 partnership with JSW sports for its ownership last year, has changed its name to Delhi Capitals. It had got the Delhi Daredevils name back in 2008 when the GMR group launched a successful bid for it.
The practice was first known to be done by Chinese who believed that changing or tweaking surnames based on numerology could bring in good luck to a person or entity. Now, the exact reason for Delhi Daredevils’ sudden name change isn’t known but given their futile participation in the Indian Premier League throughout the history does signal to such a possibility.
The Delhi-based franchise has been a part of Indian Premier League since 2008 and has made it to the playoffs only twice in nine years. They had made some huge changes ahead of the 2018 season with the GMR group, who had bought it for USD 84 million in January 2008, entering into a 50-50 partnership with Mumbai-based steel company Jindal South West (JSW) Sports for the ownership.
With the change in ownership rights, the name of the franchise has also changed from Delhi Daredevils to Delhi capitals, as the franchise announced on Tuesday, December 4 when they also released a new logo.
After a bottom-placed finish last season, the Capitals have brought aggressive southpaw Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have also retained 14 players and would be allowed to fill up ten slots, which could include seven Indian players and three overseas - during the auction on December 18. Delhi
“Our supporting staff has a knack of picking raw talent and moulding them. Sandeep Lamichhane is a fine example of that. This season we have Kaif too who has been a natural talent scout too in this country. Shikhar Dhawan is a proven performer in IPL and he adds the perfect experience to the motivated young core of ours,” Partha Jindal, owner of JSW Sports, said at the ceremony.
He further announced that Delhi Capitals will be led by Shreyas Iyer during IPL 2019. While Mohammed Kaif was named as the team’s assistant coach, Ricky Ponting continues to be the head coach of the team.
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