Delhi Daredevils IPL team renamed as Delhi Capitals

Delhi Daredevils IPL team renamed as Delhi Capitals

Dousing all the speculations about the big announcement around Delhi Daredevils, the Delhi-based Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has announced a brand makeover and has changed its name to Delhi Capitals.

Changing the franchise name was always on the cards after JSW Sports - owners of football club Bengaluru FC - bought 50 per cent stake in the franchise earlier this year and wants to overhaul things completely. The new identity of the Delhi franchise was unveiled here on Tuesday. In the U.S., there is an ice hockey team called Washington Capitals, which plays in the National Hockey League. They have also changed the tagline of the side which now reads, "This is New Delhi".

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Hailed as perennial underachievers in the history of IPL, Delhi were in the news lately for surprising their fans ahead of the IPL player auction 2019. Iyer had taken over the role from an out-of-form Gautam Gambhir mid-way during the last season. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting will continue as the coach and will be assisted by Mohammad Kaif. They also released Gautam Gambhir, Mohammed Shami and Glenn Maxwell among others and go into the auction on December 18 in Jaipur with a purse of Rs. 25.50 crore. The squad has already been bolstered by the return of Shikhar Dhawan, who has switched over from Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Delhi are yet to win their maiden IPL title despite participating in all 11 editions. The team finished as one the semifinalists in the opening two editions but since then, they have made it to the play-offs only once (way back in 2012) in nine years.

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