Hockey India League – Delhi Waveriders
Delhi Waveriders (Hindi: दिल्ली वेव राइडर्स; abbreviated as DWR) is a field hockey franchise based in Delhi that plays in the Hockey India League. It is owned by The Wave Group. The owners of Delhi franchise paid an amount of $78,000 ( 42.5 lacs) for Sardar Singh in the auction, making him the highest-paid Indian player of the league. Sardar Singh was announced as the captain of the team. The team is coached by Ajay Kumar Bansal and former Indian captain Ajit Pal Singh acts as the chief advisor for the team. Delhi Waveriders maintained their unbeaten run for 11 matches before losing 1–4 to Uttar Pradesh Wizards.
The team is owned by Business house The Wave Group after the company bought the franchise on 17 September 2012. The group is involved in many businesses including sugar manufacturing, distilleries, paper manufacturing, real estate and multiplexes and retail management.
Wave Group is an over 40 year old legacy, envisioned by founder-leader Kulwant Singh Chadha, The Chadha Group has been integrated by his three sons — Late Gurdeep Singh Chadha, Late Hardeep Singh Chadha, Rajinder Singh Chadha, and grandson Manpreet Singh Chadha. Starting with a sugar crusher in the state of Uttar Pradesh, the Group has progressively casted its footprint on to diverse business industries. John Abraham is the co-owner of Delhi Waverider.He owns 13% share of the team .
|Goals For||68 (2.72 per match)|
|Goals Against||43 (1.72 per match)|
|Most Goals||Rupinder Pal Singh (12 goals)|
|Performance by Oppositions|
|Uttar Pradesh Wizards||6||3||2||1||11||9||50.00%|
On the 16th of December 2012, five teams auctioned for 124 of the best Hockey players in the world. In our commitment to have the best, we bid for the Indian team captain Sardar Singh who is now also a part of Delhi WAVERIDERS. He is the highest paid hockey player in this first season and we are elated to have him on our team. Sardar Singh is an Arjuna Award winner and is popularly referred to as “sade Santnagar di shan? (The Pride of Santnagar) back at home in Haryana. Among the 24 players we chose to represent our team, 14 are Indian nationals while the others are from Germany, Netherlands, Pakistan, Spain, South Africa and Australia. We are proud to have this diverse talent as one entity, Delhi WAVERIDERS. In our team captain, Sardar Singh’s words – “The discussions on HIL have already begun on social networking sites and it is really great to be associated with the league and I hope to enjoy the season.?
As a team, our ideology is to revive the spirit of this sport and we live by the slogan, LIVE HOCKEY. LOVE HOCKEY.
Last year’s runners-up DELHI WAVERIDERS emerged as the champions in the second edition of Hero India League beating Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the penalty shoot-out at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium here on Sunday.
DELHI WAVERIDERS rode on goalkeeper Nicolas Jacobi’s brilliant show resulting in a hard-fought 3-1 win over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the shoot-out after the two teams ended the regulation time locked at 3-3.In the shoot-out, Jaypee Punjab Warriors failed to get past an agile Jacobi in the first three attempts before Robert Hammond found the back of the net. But it came too late as DELHI WAVERIDERS scored three out of their four shots to emerge as the champions.
Earlier, Jaypee Punjab Warriors made a dream start to the encounter and broke the deadlock in the second minute of the match through Mark Knowles’ field goal.Trailing by a goal, DELHI WAVERIDERS went on power play and earned a penalty corner soon, only to waste the opportunity.DELHI WAVERIDERS went into half time leading 2-1 by scoring two goals in a span of three minutes.
First Llyod Norris Jones’ leveled the scores with a field goal in the 33rd minute after he was fed by Akashdeep Singh before skipper Sardar Singh (35th minute) registered his name in the score sheet after a long hiatus through a rebound from a penalty corner.
But Jaypee Punjab Warriors struck twice in the third quarter through two field goals from Shivendra Singh (45th minute) and young Affan Yousuf (48th minute) to restore their lead.It, however, did not take too long for DELHI WAVERIDERS to level the scores. Yuvraj Walmiki (52nd minute) made the score line 3-3 by slotting home after receiving a diagonal pass from Andres Mir Bel.Jaypee Punjab Warriors were in complete control of the fourth and final quarter but they failed to convert their chances into goal.
DELHI WAVERIDERS, on the other hand, relied on counter-attacks but they too failed to trouble the scorers as the match went into shoot-out.The win made DELHI WAVERIDERS richer by Rs. 2.5 crore, while the Warriors will pocket Rs.1.25 crore for finishing in the second.