A symbol of the country’s rich past and thriving present, Delhi is not just a city- it’s a way of life. The reason why the national capital is called ‘Dilwalo ki Dilli’ is the fact that the city is perpetually brimming of cheer, vibrance and joy. Walk down any lane and you’d see eyes gleaming with dreams, hearts thumping with energy and souls filled with love.
Being a part of this city is a matter of pride in itself. From food to travel, from leisure to sports, Delhi offers the best of everything to everyone. The reason why Delhi rules every aspect of life is the vibe and energy of the Delhiites who stand by the city, come what may. Delhiites are known for their impeccable support to everything that makes Delhi a notch higher.
The Connection of Cricket & Delhi
Cricket is the religion of every Indian. It is rightly said that this game runs in the blood of all, from a young teen to an aged man, they all religiously watch it. When it comes to cricket, the people of Delhi are crazy. The passion, the thrill and the excitement that Delhiites experience is unmatchable to that of any other sport. Brilliant cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan & Virendra Sehwag hail from Delhi.
For Cricket Lovers of the City- Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils proudly puts Delhi on the map of IPL. DD has always represented the true vibe and spirit of Delhi. The team resonates the aspirations of cricket-lovers. The team boosts young talent from the home soil and gives them an opportunity to fly high. In the past seasons, Delhi Daredevils has created many historic moments. The team has the second highest successful run chase in IPL history: 214-3 against Gujarat Lions. Delhi Daredevils made to the playoffs of IPL in 2012 & reached the semi-finals in 2008 & 2009. This time, the aim is higher and the eyes are set on the IPL 2018 trophy.
DD is among the top contenders to seize the title for many reasons. The entire team is brimming with enthusiasm and determination with some breakthrough additions and changes. DD is using a perfect mix of brain & heart to give their best. The first being the unwavering support of millions of hearts of the Delhiites. This time, 5 players in DD are from Delhi! They will channelise the spirit of Delhi that beats in their hearts. The second being a balanced squad that will take on every bowling and batting challenge with the right strategy.
The Delhi squad comprises of stalwarts like Colin Munro, the present #1 T20 batsman who made the second fastest 50 ever in T20 internationals off 14 balls. Other prominent names include Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy and Chris Morris along with young Indian players like Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer.
The bowling squad is lead by two of the most prolific bowlers in international cricket- Kagiso Rabada, who is currently the #1 Test bowler in international cricket and Trent Boult, the #3 bowler in ODI. The team will be supported by Indian spinners like Amit Mishra and Jayant Yadav. The entire team looks extremely promising!
A Legendary Leader at the Helm
With some spectacular names associated with the team, Delhi Daredevils is on top of its game. Team DD is being lead by head coach and former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting. In 17 years, he has played 168 Test matches, 375 One Day Internationals and 17 International T20 matches. His career spans over 559 international matches, out of which Australia won 377. Interestingly, of the 377 wins, Ponting captained Australia in 220 games. The stalwart, who captained his side during the “golden era” of Australian cricket, is the first Australian batsman to score 10,000 One Day International runs. Talking about Test cricket, Ponting has a spectacular win percentage of 62.33%. He led the Australian squad in 77 matches, winning 48 of them, which is a milestone in itself.
Homecoming of Gautam Gambhir
This is a homecoming for the left-handed batsman who had represented the Delhi Daredevils in the first few seasons of IPL. Gautam had performed the skipper duties for Daredevils in the 2010 edition of IPL. In 2011, he became a part of Kolkata Knight Riders & earned a proven track record as a skipper. Under the leadership of Gambhir, KKR won two IPL titles. The reunion of DD & Gambhir is viewed important for the franchise who will be seeking its maiden title.
The Delhi Daredevils Squad
Delhi Daredevils Match Schedule
So, get ready for the biggest cricket battle. This time, there will be lots of fun and action on the field. Put on your cheering hats and shout out to your favorite team!