With a new name, new crest and new colours, Delhi Capitals will be aiming to make their mark in the 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) after almost a decade of below-par outings in the cash-rich league.
Previously named Delhi Daredevils, the franchise is now jointly owned by the GMR Group and the JSW Group. In December 2018, the team renamed itself from the Delhi Daredevils to the Delhi Capitals.
After doing well in the initial couple of years, the Delhi-based franchise have never appeared in an IPL play-off. The last time they qualified for the play-offs was in 2012.
Delhi dominated the charts initially under the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori and Amit Mishra, but as the seasons went by it struggled to find their old charm and mostly finished at the bottom.
For the upcoming edition, Delhi Capitals have strengthened the middle-order batting by investing the lion's share on Colin Ingram (Rs 6.4 crore), besides spending Rs 2 crore each to bag services of all-rounder Hanuma Vihari and Sherane Rutherford.
It also got veteran India pacer and local boy Ishant Sharma for Rs 1.10 crore. India discard Axar Patel was then bought for Rs 5 crore.
For the 2019 edition, Delhi have retained 14 players and traded in 1 player (Shikhar Dhawan from Sunrisers Hyderabad). In IPL 2019, fans could witness the old charm of Delhi as several quality players have been retained and bought by the franchise.
Last year, Delhi finished at the bottom, losing nine matches out of 14.
Delhi Capitals squad for IPL 2019
Squad Strength: 25 (Indian 17, Overseas 8)
Bought in IPL 2019 auction: Colin Ingram (Rs 64 million), Axar Patel (Rs 50 million), Hanuma Vihari (Rs 20 million), Sherfane Rutherford (Rs 20 million), Ishant Sharma (Rs 11 million), Keemo Paul (Rs 5 million), Jalaj Saxena (Rs 2 million), Ankush Bains (Rs 2 million), Nathu Singh (Rs 2 million), Bandaru Ayyappa (Rs 2 million)
Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Rahut Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Chris Morris, Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Lamichhane, Trent Boult, Shikhar Dhawan
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