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Established
2008 (11 years old)

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Cricket

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Feroz Shah Kotla
(45,000 Capacity)

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Delhi

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Indian Premier League

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The Delhi Daredevils (often abbreviated as DD) are a franchise cricket team representing the city of Delhi in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Founded in 2008 as one of the eight founding teams of the IPL, the Delhi franchise is owned by the GMR Group. Their home grounds are the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi and the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Despite never making it to the IPL final, the team were table toppers twice (an IPL record shared only with the Chennai Super Kings) and qualified for Champions League T20 twice, making the semifinals in the 2012 edition. However, in recent seasons, the team has struggled, often ending up as wooden spooners.

The team's current captain is Zaheer Khan while the coach and mentor are Paddy Upton and Rahul Dravid respectively. The leading run-scorer of the side is Virender Sehwag while the leading wicket-taker is Irfan Pathan.

Indian Premier League is a cricket tournament organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and backed by the International Cricket Council (ICC). For the inaugural tournament held in April–June 2008, the BCCI had finalised a list of 8 teams who will be participating in the tournament. The teams representing 8 different cities of India, including Delhi, were put up on auction in Mumbai on 20 February 2008 and the Delhi team was successfully bid for by the Indian construction and property development company GMR Group, who paid US$84 million for it.

Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar was the brand ambassador of the team during the 2008 Season but opted not to return for the 2009 season due to a busy schedule. However, Akshay was seen at a few of the team's games cheering them on.

Famous Bollywood playback singer Kailash Kher has sung the team anthem - "Khel Front Foot Pe" a.k.a. "Play on the front foot" or "play aggressively". It is played at every Delhi Daredevils match.

Delhi Daredevils launched their new anthem "Munday Dilli Ke" on 5 March 2012 on the video sharing site YouTube.

Their new anthem for the 2016 season of IPL titled 'Dhuandaar Dilli' was released on YouTube which has been sung by Sukhwinder Singh

Virender Sehwag has been accorded the icon player status in the Delhi Daredevils team and was also the captain of the side during the first two seasons. However, he resigned and passed on the leadership to his opening partner Gautam Gambhir for the 2010 season. But after Gambhir left the team for Kolkata Knight Riders in the fourth edition,Sehwag was once again given the duty to captain the team. Since the start of the IPL in 2008 many international players such as Glenn McGrath, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, David Warner, Andrew McDonald, Daniel Vettori, Farveez Maharoof, Dirk Nannes and Aaron Finch have donned the cap for the Daredevils. The team also included Indian players like Dinesh Karthik and Yo Mahesh.

In 2009, Mohammad Asif and Shoaib Malik went out due to the ban on Pakistani players and Asif's positive drug test. David Warner, Andrew McDonald, Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah were the new signings. Ashish Nehra came in from Mumbai Indians as a trade-off for Shikhar Dhawan. IPL 2010, Moises Henriques came in from Kolkata Knight Riders in exchange for Manoj Tiwary and Owais Shah. Wayne Parnell was purchased at the auction for USD 610,000.

In 2012, they bought Mahela Jayawardene, Andre Russell, Doug Bracewell, Morne Morkel and Kevin Pietersen. The Daredevils also signed all-rounder Pawan Negi, batsmen Manprit Juneja and Kuldeep Rawal ahead of the 2012 season. Delhi Daredevils appointed Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene as vice-captain for 2012. On 29 February 2012, the Daredevils signed Ross Taylor from the Rajasthan Royals in a trade for an undisclosed amount.

Delhi Daredevils appointed Mahela Jayawardene as the captain for the 2013 edition and signed Jeevan Mendis, Jesse Ryder and Johan Botha. In the IPL 7 auction held on 12 and 13 February 2014, Delhi daredevils didn't retain its key players from the previous IPL seasons. They used right to match card for resigning Kevin Pietersen.

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The Feroz Shah Kotla Ground is a cricket ground located at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, New Delhi. It was established in 1883 and is the second oldest international cricket stadium still functional in India, after the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. As of 2016, the India national cricket team has been undefeated for over 28 years in Test matches and for over 10 years in ODI matches at this ground. The ground is known for Anil Kumble's 10 wickets in an innings against Pakistan, Sachin Tendulkar's 35th test ton to overcome Sunil Gavaskar to become the batsman with the most international Test centuries and formerly Gavaskar's 29th test ton to equal Don Bradman's tally of 29 centuries.

The first Test match at this venue was played on 10 November 1948 when India took on the West Indies. It is owned and operated by the DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association). In 1952, playing against Pakistan, Hemu Adhikari and Ghulam Ahmed were involved in a record tenth wicket stand of 109 runs – a record that still stands. In 1965, S Venkataraghavan, in his debut series, demolished the New Zealand line up with figures of 8 for 72 and 4 for 80. In 1969–70, Bishen Singh Bedi and Erapalli Prasanna combined to spin India to a famous seven wicket win over Australia, the duo picking 18 wickets between themselves. In 1981, Geoff Boycott surpassed Gary Sobers' world record test aggregate. In 1983–84, Sunil Gavaskar scored his 29th century to equal Don Bradman's long standing record for the highest number of hundreds in Test cricket. In 1999–2000, in a match against Pakistan, Anil Kumble took 10 for 74 in fourth inning of a Test Match and became the second person to take 10 wickets in an innings after Jim Laker. In 2005–06, at the same ground, Sachin Tendulkar broke Gavaskar's record of most centuries with his 35th Test century.

On 27 December 2009, an ODI match between India and Sri Lanka was called off because pitch conditions were classed as unfit to host a match. Based on match referee's report of the match, the ground was banned by ICC for 12 months and returned as one of the venues for the 2011 Cricket World Cup. Since 2008 the stadium has been the home venue of the Delhi Daredevils of the Indian Premier League.

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