Team Name: Delhi Daredevils (DD)
Founded in: 2008
Home City: Delhi
Home Ground(s): Feroz Shah Kotla (Capacity: 48, 000) and Raipur International Cricket Stadium (Capacity: 65, 000)
Owner: The GMR Group
Titles Won: None
Official Website: delhidaredevils.com
Slogan: Khel Front Foot Pe
One of India’s biggest reality institution, the GMR Group purchased the Delhi franchise of the IPL during the first ever IPL team auctions for US$ 84 million. The historical Feroz Shah Kotla ground became the home ground of Delhi Daredevils and later in the mission to take the IPL to the furthermost corners of India Raipur’s Raipur International Cricket Stadium became it’s second home.
DD in IPL
During the first season of 2008 with the then Indian opening pair of Virender Sehwag, who was captain of DD, and Gautam Gambhir at the helm, it was expected that DD will go long into the tournament, and that exactly what happened, despite losing their last five matches out of nine DD managed to reach the semis where they lost to Rajasthan Royals by 105 runs.
In 2009, DD changed their captain and Gautam Gambhir was made the captain. The team repeated its performance of the previous year and reached the semis with the help of superb performances by Gautam Gambhir, AB de Villiers and Tillakratne Dilshan but again lost to Deccan Chargers in the semis.
The third IPL season of 2010 was the first time when DD was not in the semis. They had a mixed travel in the IPL by winning and loosing seven matches each and hence they had no chance to qualify for the playoffs.
The 2011 brought the poorest performance of DD when they could win only four matches during the entire IPL season and lost a few matches which they could have easily won.
Change of guard in 2012 after last season’s worst performance. Mahela Jayawardene was made the captain of DD and with power packed performances by the captain himself along with Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor DD won 11 matches and lost only 4 and topped the table but still could not win the title as they lost the momentum in the qualifiers.
2013 was probably the replica of DD’s performance of 2011 when they lost their first six matches on the trot and there was no chance they could win a match. During the entire season DD could win only 3 matches out of 16 matches they played.
Delhi Daredevils Team for IPL 7 (2014)
Kevin Pietersen (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Murali Vijay, Ross Taylor, Quinton De Kock, Mohammad Shami, Jaydev Unadkat, Manoj Tiwary, Rahul Sharma, Jean Paul Duminy, Wayne Parnell, Saurabh Tiwary, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, James Neesham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Mayank Agrawal, Rahul Shukla, Milind Kumar, HS Sharath, Jayant Yadav.