Dare­dev­ils are now Cap­i­tals

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In­dian Pre­mier League side Delhi Dare­dev­ils have been re­named Delhi Cap­i­tals as the fran­chise’s new own­ers seek a change in for­tunes for the 2019 edi­tion.

The team, who have never won the IPL and fin­ished last this year, re­tained their old red and blue colours but added three roar­ing tigers to a new logo un­veiled in the na­tional cap­i­tal.

Mum­bai-based JSW Sports bought a 50 per­cent stake early this year and said they would re­tain Aus­tralian coach Ricky Ponting and cap­tain Shreyas Iyer for the 2019 sea­son.

“Delhi is the power cen­tre of the coun­try, it is the cap­i­tal, there­fore the name Delhi Cap­i­tals,” JSW di­rec­tor Parth Jin­dal said.

“With (Shikhar) Dhawan, we have got more so­lid­ity at the top. And the young guys who have been with us (Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant) are do­ing well for In­dia. The cap­tain and coach are the same, there is con­ti­nu­ity there,” he added.

For­mer In­dian opener Gau­tam Gambhir stepped down as the team’s cap­tain in April af­ter a string of poor per­for­mances.

Gambhir, 37, was re­leased by Delhi and an­nounced his re­tire­ment from all forms of cricket on Tues­day.

Delhi have $3.5 mil­lion to spend at the IPL auc­tion on De­cem­ber 18 in Jaipur ahead of the tour­na­ment in April and May next year.

The 2019 tour­na­ment could be held par­tially or wholly out­side In­dia de­pend­ing on the date of the coun­try’s gen­eral elec­tion.

Delhi was one of the orig­i­nal teams in the in­au­gu­ral IPL edi­tion in 2008.

Still the cap­tain: Shreyas Iyer.

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