On Tuesday, IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils were renamed Delhi Capitals. The announcement was made at a function by owners GMR Group and JSW Sports.
Co-owners Parth Jindal and Kiran Kumar Grandhi unveiled the new name of the team.
“Delhi is the power centre of the country, it is the capital, therefore the name Delhi Capitals,” Jindal said.
For the coming season, the team has retained the old red and blue colour in the new team logo.
“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,” said Jindal.
The change in name was on the back of JSW Sports picking up a 50 percent stake in the franchise. Ahead of the 2019 IPL auctions, the Delhi Daredevils released former captain Gautam Gambhir. A host of international stars which include Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell and Liam Plunkett, along with Indian paceman Mohammed Shami joined him as well.
Delhi have Rs 25 crore to spend at the IPL auction on December 18 and Jindal said the team has its plans in place.
“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,” said the JSW Director, when asked about the team’s dismal run season after season.
The squad has already been bolstered by the return of Shikhar Dhawan, who has switched over from Sunrisers Hyderabad. In a video message played during the function Dhawan said that he is happy to be back to his home city and is looking forward to do well in the upcoming season.
The team boasts of a battery of young Indian stars which include captain Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw.
Mohammed Kaif was earlier named as the team’s assistant coach while Ricky Ponting continues to be the head coach of the team.
Meanwhile, social media was giving them grief over the name change.
Discussion at DD board meeting:- I don't think it's enough to be the worst performing team in the history of IPL. Let's have the worst name too.#DelhiCapitals
— R&AW Mango (@raw_mango_) December 4, 2018
#DelhiCapitals sounds like some Investment management firm not a team 🤐
— krithika sivaswamy (@krithikasivasw) December 4, 2018
Delhi Daredevils is now Delhi Capitals.
SMH . Which 1st grade student came up with such a name FFS #DelhiCapitals
— Vighnesh Nair (@iizvighnesh) December 4, 2018
— Multi_fanstan (@multi_fanstan) December 4, 2018
It should be renamed as Polluted Delhi Capital #DelhiCapitals
— Moghees Alam (@MogheesAlam) December 4, 2018
— Sachin Singla (@sachin_singla) December 4, 2018
— siju.krishnankutty (@iam_cju) December 4, 2018
— Alexander Supertramp 😕 (@IntoTheWildGuy) December 4, 2018