Indian Premier League - Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils (Hindi: दिल्ली डेयरडेविल्स, Urdu: دہلی ڈیئرڈیولز‎, often abbreviated as DD) is a cricket franchise representing the city of Delhi in the Indian Premier League. Founded in 2008, during the franchise auction for the Indian Premier League, the GMR Group purchased the Delhi Daredevils for $84 million. The team’s current coach is former South Africa opener Gary Kirsten. Their home ground is the historic Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi. In 2013, they included Raipur International Cricket Stadium as their secondary home venue. The leading run-scorer of the side is Virender Sehwag while the leading wicket-taker is Irfan Pathan.

Home ground

The Daredevils play their home matches in the Feroz Shah Kotla ground located in New Delhi, under the newly installed floodlights.They also have Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium,Raipur as their home ground.

Brand ambassador

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar was the brand ambassador of the team during the 2008 Season but opted not to return for the 2009 season due to a busy schedule. However, Akshay was seen at a few of the team’s games cheering them on.

Famous Bollywood playback singer Kailash Kher has sung the team anthem – “Khel Front Foot Pe” a.k.a. “Play on the front foot” or “play aggressively”. It is played at every Delhi Daredevils match.

Delhi Daredevils launched their new anthem “Munday Dilli Ke” on 5 March 2012 on the video sharing site YouTube.


Virender Sehwag has been accorded the icon player status in the Delhi Daredevils team and was also the captain of the side during the first two seasons. However, he resigned and passed on the leadership to his opening partner Gautam Gambhir for the 2010 season. But after Gambhir left the team for Kolkata Knight Riders in the fourth edition,Sehwag was once again given the duty to captain the team. Since the start of the IPL in 2008 many international players such as Glenn McGrath, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, David Warner, Andrew McDonald, Daniel Vettori, Farveez Maharoof, Dirk Nannes and Aaron Finch have donned the cap for the Daredevils. The team also included Indian players like Dinesh Karthik and Yo Mahesh.

IPL 2009 additions:
Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Malik went out due to the ban on Pakistani players and Asif’s positive drug test.
David Warner, Andrew McDonald were the new signings.
Ashish Nehra came in from Mumbai Indians as a trade-off for Shikhar Dhawan.

IPL 2009 auction addition:
Paul Collingwood USD 275,000
Owais Shah USD 275,000

IPL 2010 trade off : Moises Henriques came in from Kolkata Knight Riders as a trade-off for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah.

IPL 2010 auction addition : Wayne Parnell USD 610,000

IPL 2012 auction addition : Mahela Jayawardene, Andre Russell, Doug Bracewell, Morne Morkel and Kevin Pietersen

IPL 2012 transfer window : England top order batsman Kevin Pietersen has transferred to Delhi Daredevils from Deccan Chargers for the IPL 2012 season.

The Daredevils also signed allrounder Pawan Negi, Gujarat batsman Manprit Juneja (who scored 201 on his first class debut against Tamil Nadu ) and Saurashtra batsman Kuldeep Rawal ahead of the 2012 season.

Delhi Daredevils appointed Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene as vice-captain for the Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 5, 2012.

On the 29th February, 2012, the Daredevils signed Ross Taylor from the Rajasthan Royals in a trade for an undisclosed amount

Delhi Daredevils appointed Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene as Captain for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) Season 6, 2013.

On the IPL 6 Auction on 3 February 2013, the Delhi Daredevils signed Jeevan Mendis, Jesse Ryder and Johan Botha.

2009 IPL season

The Daredevils dominated for much of the 2009 IPL under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, finishing at the top of the table after the league stages despite a mid-tournament injury to icon player Virender Sehwag. AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan both had developed greatly since the last season and set up many large totals for the Daredevils, with de Villiers hitting one of only two centuries in the 2009 IPL, which was held in South Africa. The bowling, which in 2008 was composed mainly of overseas players (Maharoof, Vettori, McGrath, Asif) was bolstered by a trade to gain former Team India paceman Ashish Nehra in exchange for Shikhar Dhawan. Pradeep Sangwan and Amit Mishra had both improved since last season, and the offseason signing of Dirk Nannes from Australia created a bowling lineup that was strong. In fact, the Daredevils left the likes of Vettori, Collingwood and McGrath on the bench for most of the tournament, preferring to go with the oversas combination of Nannes, de Villiers, Dilshan and David Warner.

2012 IPL season

Due to the disbanding of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, each team will play the remaining eight teams twice, once at home and once away. Therefore each team will play an extended season of 16 matches.

In the IPL season of 2012 a new Delhi Daredevils side was seen after a poor 2011 season where they finished last they came back strongly they bought some star-studded players like Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor.They stood first in the Pool Table with Kolkata Knight Riders second Mumbai Indians third and Chennai Super Kings fourth also qualifying for the Champion League Twenty20 2012 in South Africa.

Mahela Jayawardane was appointed as the new captain of the Delhi Daredevils as Virender Sehwag stepped down from captaincy during 2012 Champions League Twenty20.

2013 IPL season

This year was terrible so for the Delhi Daredevils. They lost all of their first six matches of IPL 2013 and they won their first match in 7 games against the Mumbai Indians. Virender Sehwag and Mahela Jayawardene’s partnership led to an inevitable win against Mumbai Indians in which they scored 161. Sehwag was the Man of the Match for his brilliant score of 95* of 57 balls. After this match, they faced the kings X1 Punjab and lost again. But in their 9th match of the season, against Pune Warriors India, they won and advanced to 8th place in the points table. They defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in their 10th Match by 7 wickets but failed to advance to 7th place due to their net run-rate. In their next match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils were bowled out for just 80, which was the lowest total in their IPL history, giving the Sunrisers an easy win.

2014 IPL season

Ahead of players auction for IPL 2014, on January 10, 2014 Delhi Daredevils team announced that they will not retain any playes for their current squad for the season 7 of IPL. With no players retained, the team will have the maximum right-to-match cards among all the franchises at the auction: i.e., three. They will also have their full purse of Rs 600 million (approx US$9.6) to spend at the players auction. Virender Sehwag now represents King’s XI Punjab franchise.