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It will be Delhi Cap­i­tals, not Dare­dev­ils from IPL 2019

South Africans top list of over­seas play­ers

- BY GAU­TAM BHATTACHAR­YYA Sports Ed­i­tor

Af­ter draw­ing a blank in the past 11 edi­tions of In­dian Pre­mier League (IPL), Delhi Dare­dev­ils have de­cided to take a fresh guard for the 2019 sea­son. The Delhi fran­chise will be hence­forth called Delhi Cap­i­tals as the team man­age­ment un­veiled the new name, crest and colours on Tues­day in the In­dian cap­i­tal.

It’s been a rough ride for the Delhi out­fit, co-owned by GMR Hold­ings and JSW Sports, who have failed to show a turn­around in their per­for­mance over the first decade. Their best show­ing so far had been two semi­fi­nal ap­pear­ances in the first two sea­sons (2008-2009) and a place in the play-offs last in 2012.

“I have been through a lot of ups and downs in my time as a crick­eter, and have re­alised how im­por­tant it is to some­times take a step back and start afresh,” Ricky Ponting, for­mer Aus­tralian cap­tain and head coach of Delhi said at the launch.

The team traded in In­dian opener Shikhar Dhawan from Sun­ris­ers Hy­der­abad, who will be cap­tain­ing the side.

Chang­ing names of fran­chises — to bring about a change in for­tunes — have been noth­ing new though in the his­tory of IPL. ‘Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giants,’ who fea­tured in two edi­tions, had changed their name to ‘Ris­ing Pune Su­per­giant’ and saw a dra­matic change in their per­for­mance.

Mean­while, a to­tal of 232 over­seas play­ers in a to­tal of 1,003 play­ers have been reg­is­tered for the play­ers’ auc­tion for Sea­son XII, com­ing up in Jaipur on De­cem­ber 18. South Africans fig­ure on top of the list with 59 play­ers, fol­lowed by Aus­tralia (35) and West In­dies (33).

An im­pres­sive num­ber of 27 Afghanista­n play­ers are in the fray.

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