IPL’s Delhi franchise rename themselves as Delhi Capitals, Shreyas Iyer named captain

The Delhi franchise of the Indian Premier League renamed themselves as Delhi Capitals heading into the 12th edition of the tournament. Shreyas Iyer, who took over as the captain during the course of last season, will continue as the skipper, the club has announced.

Co-owners Parth Jindal and Kiran Kumar Grandhi of JSW Sport and GMR respectively unveiled the new name of the team. The team retained their red and blue color but designed a new logo.

The initial Delhi Daredevils team failed to win a single title and hence, the owners decided to change their name and logo with the hope of changing fortunes around, especially after recent failures.

Despite the arrival of marquee man Shikhar Dhawan, Jindal and co. decided to let the responsibility be on young Iyer’s shoulders.

Speaking on Tuesday, Jindal announced:

“Delhi is the power centre of the country, it is the capital, therefore the name Delhi Capitals. Our logo has been inspired by the design of Parliament House. Tiger is our national animal and the three tigers idea is derived from the Ashok Chakra.”

The JSW director refused to open up on Delhi’s auction plans, but mentioned that the team is in good shape ahead of the new season.

“We obviously can’t share them with you. The core of the team has remained the same for the last couple of years. We need to invest more in the youth and going forward, that is something we will continue to focus on,” said Jindal.

“With 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.”

The coaching staff in Ricky Ponting and Pravin Amre have been retained. They will be joined by former India international Mohammad Kaif. Also to mention, Gautam Gambhir, who stepped down from his role as captain last season due to a string of poor results, announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday.

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