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Delhi Daredevils
दिल्ली डेयरडेविल्स
Delhi Daredevils.svg
Captain: Zaheer Khan
Coach: Paddy Upton
City: New Delhi, India
Colours: DD
Owner: GMR Group
Founded: 2008
Home ground: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
(Capacity: 45,000)
Secondary home ground(s) Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium, Raipur
(Capacity: 50,000)
Indian Premier League wins: 0
CLT20 wins 0
Official website:
Delhi Daredevils in 2017

The Delhi Daredevils (often abbreviated as DD) are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Delhi in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Founded in 2008 as one of the eight founding teams of the IPL, the Delhi franchise is owned by the GMR Group. Their home grounds are the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi and the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Despite never making it to the IPL final, the team were table toppers twice (an IPL record shared only with the Chennai Super Kings) and qualified for Champions League T20 twice, making the semifinals in the 2012 edition. However, in recent seasons, the team has struggled, often ending up as wooden spooners.

The team's current captain is Zaheer Khan while the coach and mentor are Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid respectively. The leading run-scorer of the side is Virender Sehwag while the leading wicket-taker is Irfan Pathan.

Franchise History[edit]

Indian Premier League is a cricket tournament organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and backed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).[1] For the inaugural tournament held in April–June 2008, the BCCI had finalised a list of 8 teams who will be participating in the tournament. The teams representing 8 different cities of India, including Delhi, were put up on auction in Mumbai on 20 February 2008 and the Delhi team was successfully bid for by the Indian construction and property development company GMR Group, who paid US$84 million for it.

2009 IPL season[edit]

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.

However, despite dominating for the regular season, the Daredevils crumbled in the semi-final under a fierce batting assault by Adam Gilchrist, who hit the 3rd fastest fifty in IPL history (just 17 balls). Nannes in particular, who was again picked over McGrath, was punished by Gilchrist and later by Andrew Symonds. The disappointing semi-final meant Delhi did not contest the final of the 2009 IPL despite having the best record in the league stages. However, Delhi managed to qualify for 2009 Champions League Twenty20 because of their performance in group stage.

Delhi was the table topper or the league topper in 2012. Morne Morkel of Delhi was the highest wicket taker of the tournament. Delhi came third in the tournament and qualified for the second time in champions league.

Iconic Australian pace bowler Glenn McGrath expressed disappointment over not being picked to play any match during the whole season, and has since then stopped playing for Delhi.[2]

2012 IPL season[edit]

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[edit]

The Delhi Daredevils lost all 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. Then, in their match against Rajasthan Royals, they scored 154 thanks to new recruit Ben Rohrer's brilliant half-century, but that was in vain as Rajasthan chased the total down easily with only 1 wicket falling and this also officially eliminated Delhi Daredevils from the 2013 IPL. In their next match, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they bowled well and the Royal Challengers were 106 in 16.0 overs but scored 77 in their last four overs and got to 183 thanks to a well-made 99 by Virat Kohli. Daredevils lost a close match by 4 runs. Daredevils next played Chennai Super Kings, who batted first and posted 168. Delhi Daredevils never got into the game and lost by 33 runs. Daredevils' next match was against Kings XI Punjab and they again lost, this time by 7 runs, as they failed to chase 172. Their final game was against Pune Warriors India which was to decide which team would come last. Delhi bowled first and Pune Warriors posted a total of 171. Delhi Daredevils were going fine until they started losing wickets rapidly. They couldn't chase the target and lost by 38 runs finishing in last place out of the 9 teams this season. Delhi only won 3 matches out of 16 played and didn't won any away games in the season. Despite coming last in the table a few big names were added to the support staff as the season went on like the legendary Sir Vivian Richards being named their new brand ambassador, former England spinner Jeremy Snape added to the support staff and renowned former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed named as their new spin bowling coach.

2014 IPL season[edit]

Ahead of players auction for IPL 2014, on 10 January 2014 Delhi Daredevils team announced that they will not retain any players 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. The Delhi Daredevils had a poor season. They lost their first match, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, however they won their next match against Kolkata Knight Riders. This was followed by a heavy loss against the Chennai Super Kings and a close match which resulted in a loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi Daredevils, won their next match against Mumbai Indians. Later, when IPL shifted from the United Arab Emirates to India, they lost their next nine matches. The Delhi Daredevils won only two out of their 14 matches, that too all in the United Arab Emirates. Despite their poor performance, JP Duminy, had a relatively good season overall scoring 410 runs from 14 matches at an average of 51.25 and was the tournament's eighth highest run-scorer. The Delhi Daredevils team, once again finished last, eighth out of the eight teams.

2015 IPL season[edit]

The team finished 7th in the 2015 edition of IPL. They received many criticism because of their poor performance in the league. Only Kings XI Punjab were behind them in the final table.

2016 IPL season[edit]

The Delhi Daredevils released many of its players, including last year's most expensive purchase, Yuvraj Singh, whom they had bought for a whopping ₹ 16 crores. The Daredevils also released former Sri Lankan skipper, all-rounder Angelo Mathews who was bought for ₹ 7.5 crores. New additions included uncapped allrounder Pawan Negi, who was bought for ₹ 8.5 crores, thereby becoming the most expensive Indian player in the IPL Auction of 2016. Sanju Samson and Karun Nair, who previously played for the Rajastan Royals were also bought for hefty amounts. South Africa allrounder Chris Morris was bought for ₹ 7 crores. Englishman Sam Billings and Australian Joel Paris were also bought at the auction. The Daredevils purchased India U-19 players, Rishabh Pant, Khaleel Ahmed and Mahipal Lomror as well. After the Daredevils ended their association with South African Gary Kirsten, they appointed Paddy Upton as their head coach. Indian batting great and head coach of India U-19, Rahul Dravid was appointed the batting mentor of the Daredevils. Zaheer Khan was appointed as the new captain of the Delhi Daredevils in 2016 IPL season. comparing the performance in last 3 seasons Delhi Daredevils have improved the way they played. Chris Morris got the fastest 50 (17 balls) of the tournament and was also effective in bowling department. Quinton De Kock was among the leading run scorers in the season. After losing first match against Kolkata Knight Riders, they defeated Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions. They won 5 of their first 7 matches. They lost their second match against Gujarat Lions by just one run. They were complete favourites to qualify for playoffs. However, they could manage only two wins against Sunrisers Hyderabad and finished with 14 points in 14 games and finished 6th. Even though they couldn't qualify, fans were happy as they played much better than the past 3 seasons. Also, in past many teams have qualified with 14 points. And, Delhi are ready to play IPL 2017 with much more energy and confidence.

Home ground[edit]

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[edit]

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.[3]

Their new anthem for the 2016 season of IPL titled 'Dhuandaar Dilli' was released on YouTube which has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh[4]


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.

In 2009, Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Malik went out due to the ban on Pakistani players and Asif's positive drug test. David Warner, Andrew McDonald, Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah were the new signings. Ashish Nehra came in from Mumbai Indians as a trade-off for Shikhar Dhawan. IPL 2010, Moises Henriques came in from Kolkata Knight Riders in exchange for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah. Wayne Parnell was purchased at the auction for USD 610,000.

In 2012, they bought Mahela Jayawardene, Andre Russell, Doug Bracewell, Morne Morkel and Kevin Pietersen.[5] The Daredevils also signed all-rounder Pawan Negi, batsmen Manprit Juneja and Kuldeep Rawal ahead of the 2012 season.[6] Delhi Daredevils appointed Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene as vice-captain for 2012.[7] On 29 February 2012, the Daredevils signed Ross Taylor from the Rajasthan Royals in a trade for an undisclosed amount.[8]

Delhi Daredevils appointed Mahela Jayawardene as the captain for the 2013 edition and signed Jeevan Mendis, Jesse Ryder and Johan Botha. In the IPL 7 auction held on 12 and 13 February 2014, Delhi daredevils didn't retain its key players from the previous IPL seasons. They used right to match card for resigning Kevin Pietersen.


Year Indian Premier League
2008 Semifinalists
2009 Semifinalists
2010 League stage 5th/8
2011 League stage 10th/10th
2012 Playoffs
2013 League stage 9th/9
2014 League stage 8th/8
2015 League stage 7th/8
2016 League stage 6th/8

Daredevils played in the now defunct Champions League Twenty20 twice, in 2009 and 2012. While they were eliminated in the group stage in the former, they made the semifinals in the latter.

Current squad[edit]

  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.
  •  *  denotes a player who is currently unavailable for selection.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
No. Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Signed year
21 JP Duminy[a] South Africa (1984-04-14) 14 April 1984 (age 32) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2014 22 million (US$330,000) Overseas
41 Shreyas Iyer India (1994-12-06) 6 December 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2015 26 million (US$390,000)
69 Karun Nair India (1991-12-06) 6 December 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2016 40 million (US$590,000)
Pratyush Singh India (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg break googly 2016 1 million (US$15,000)
Ankit Bawne India (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2017 1 million (US$15,000)
2 Chris Morris South Africa (1987-04-30) 30 April 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2016 70 million (US$1.0 million) Overseas
19 Jayant Yadav India (1990-01-22) 22 January 1990 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2014 1 million (US$15,000)
26 Carlos Brathwaite Barbados (1988-07-18) 18 July 1988 (age 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2016 42 million (US$620,000) Overseas
Angelo Mathews Sri Lanka (1987-06-02) 2 June 1987 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2017 20 million (US$300,000) Overseas
Corey Anderson New Zealand (1990-12-13) 13 December 1990 (age 26) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium 2017 10 million (US$150,000) Overseas
Shashank Singh India (1991-11-21) 21 November 1991 (age 25) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2017 1 million (US$15,000)
7 Sam Billings England (1991-06-15) 15 June 1991 (age 25) Right-handed 2016 3 million (US$45,000) Overseas
9 Sanju Samson India (1994-11-11) 11 November 1994 (age 22) Right-handed 2016 42 million (US$620,000)
12 Quinton de Kock[b] South Africa (1992-12-17) 17 December 1992 (age 24) Left-handed 2014 35 million (US$520,000) Overseas
77 Rishabh Pant India (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 19) Left-handed 2016 19 million (US$280,000)
Aditya Tare India (1987-11-07) 7 November 1987 (age 29) Right-handed 2017 2.5 million (US$37,000)
11 Mohammed Shami India (1990-03-09) 9 March 1990 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium 2014 42.5 million (US$630,000)
18 Amit Mishra India (1982-11-24) 24 November 1982 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2015 35 million (US$520,000)
34 Zaheer Khan India (1978-10-07) 7 October 1978 (age 38) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium 2015 40 million (US$590,000) Captain
88 Shahbaz Nadeem India (1989-08-12) 12 August 1989 (age 27) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2014 8.5 million (US$130,000)
313 Khaleel Ahmed India (1997-12-05) 5 December 1997 (age 19) Right-handed Left-arm medium-fast 2016 1 million (US$15,000)
Chama Milind India (1994-09-04) 4 September 1994 (age 22) Left-handed Left-arm medium-fast 2016 1 million (US$15,000)
Kagiso Rabada South Africa (1995-05-25) 25 May 1995 (age 21) Left-handed Right-arm fast 2017 50 million (US$740,000) Overseas
Pat Cummins Australia (1993-05-08) 8 May 1993 (age 23) Right-handed Right-arm fast 2017 45 million (US$670,000) Overseas
Murugan Ashwin India (1990-09-08) 8 September 1990 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2017 10 million (US$150,000)
Navdeep Saini India (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium-fast 2017 1 million (US$15,000)
  1. ^ withdrew from the season due to personal reasons
  2. ^ ruled out of the season with a finger injury

Administration and support staff[edit]


Year Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor (chest) Shirt sponsor (back)
2008 Adidas Hero Honda Religare
2009 Jetking
2010 Idea
2011-13 Muthoot Group
2014 none Quikr
2015 Flying Machine Daikin Lux Cozi
2016-17 Shiv Naresh Manforce


Win–loss record[edit]

Edition Played Won Loss Tied No Result Win% Home Win% Away Win% Neutral Win% Status
IPL 2008 15 7 7 - 1 50% 4/7 (1 NR)= 66.67% 3/7= 42.86% 0/1=0% Semifinalists
IPL 2009 (South Africa) 15 10 5 - - 66.67% - - 10/15= 66.67% League Stage Table Toppers, Semifinalists
IPL 2010 14 7 7 - - 50% 3/7= 42.86% 4/7= 57.14% - League stage
IPL 2011 14 4 9 - 1 30.77% 1/7 (1 NR)= 16.67% 3/7= 42.86% - League stage
IPL 2012 18 11 7 - - 61.11% 5/8= 62.5% 6/9= 66.67% 0/1=0% League Stage Table Toppers, Playoffs
IPL 2013 16 3 13 - - 18.75% 3/8= 37.5% 0/8= 0% 0/0=0% League Stage
IPL 2014 (UAE & India) 14 2 12 - - 14.28% 0/5= 0% 0/4= 0% 2/5=40% League Stage
IPL 2015 14 5 8 - 1 35.70% 3/7= 42.8% 2/7= 28.5% 0/0=0% League Stage
IPL 2016 14 7 7 - 50% 2/2 =100 % 1/2= 50% = %
OVERALL 125 52 70 - 3 41.60% 22/53 (2 NR)= 41.50% 18/50= 36% 12/22= 54.54%

Updated until IPL 2015.

Head to head in IPL[edit]

IPL Team Played Won Lost Tied No Result Win%
Chennai Super Kings 16 5 11 - - 31.25
Deccan Chargers / Sunrisers Hyderabad 17 8 9 - - 47.05
Kings XI Punjab 17 8 9 - - 47.05
Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2 1 1 - - 50
Kolkata Knight Riders 17 7 9 - 1 43.75
Mumbai Indians 17 9 8 - - 52.90
Pune Warriors India / Rising Pune Supergiants 6 3 2 - 1 60
Rajasthan Royals 16 6 10 - - 37.5
Royal Challengers Bangalore 16 6 9 - 1 40
Gujarat Lions 2 1 1 - - 50

Overall results in CLT20[edit]

Performance summary in Champions League
Year Matches Wins Losses No Result Success Rate Summary
2009 4 2 2 0 50.0% League stage
2012 5 2 1 2 40.0% Semi final
Total 9 4 3 2 44.44%


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