Team: Delhi Capitals
City: New Delhi
Ground: Arun Jaitley Stadium
IPL Debut: 2008
Number of IPL Titles: 0
Who Are the Delhi Capitals?
The Delhi Capitals are one of the first eight teams to play in the Indian Premier League. In 2008, they were known as the Delhi Daredevils, owned by the GMR Group. Initially bought for $84 million by the GMR Group, they later sold 50% stakes in the team to the JSW Group at a valuation of U$138 million.
But GMR group sold 50% stake in the franchise to JSW Sports in 2018 and the team was subsequently rebranded as the Delhi Capitals in that year.
Even though the Capitals are yet to win any Indian Premier League title, they have a large fanbase. That’s majorly because the franchise’s roots are in the capital city of the country. The Capitals have had a number of anthems and theme songs over the years.
The current theme song is “Roar Machaa” sung by Amit Trivedi. It became an instant hit and they have had a couple of other popular theme songs as well, like the “Dil Dilli hai, ab Dhadkega” in 2018 and “Dhuandaar Dilli” in 2016.
The IPL History of the Delhi Capitals
One of the oldest teams in the history of the IPL, Delhi Capitals, started as Delhi Daredevils in 2008. They had a high-flying start in the first campaign with two back-to-back wins, but they faced setbacks in the middle of the campaign. Despite that, they managed to qualify for the knockouts, where they suffered a defeat against the inaugural edition champions, Rajasthan Royals.
In the 2009 season, they finished at the top of the table under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir, boasting the most successful batsmen in their lineup such as Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, and Aaron Finch. However, they lost to the spirited Deccan Chargers (now defunct) in the knockouts.
Struggling for success
After the first two seasons and the mega auction in 2012, the team never looked the same until 2020. They often finished at the bottom of the points table or as the penultimate side, with only occasional exceptions. They qualified for the first time in a decade in 2019 under the tutelage of Ricky Ponting. Under his guidance, the side became formidable and came close to winning the title in 2020. However, they reverted to their previous struggles, facing challenges in qualifying for the knockouts, particularly with the absence of the firebrand player, Rishabh Pant.
Who Holds the Delhi Capitals Records?
Despite being unavailable for close to a season and a half, the top scorer record is held by the southpaw, Rishabh Pant. The wicketkeeper-batsman made his debut in 2016 for his side and has scored 2838 runs from 98 games for Delhi Capitals. He has achieved this feat at an average of 34.61 and a strike rate of 148. The second and third places are occupied by the likes of Shreyas Iyer (2375 runs) and David Warner (2197 runs).
The individual highest score is held by Rishabh Pant, who scored a swashbuckling century against Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018. His unbeaten 128 remains the record for the side, surpassing Sehwag’s 119* and David Warner’s 109* against Deccan Chargers.
Strong bowling attack
Amongst the bowlers, the veteran leggie, Amit Mishra, holds the record for the most number of wickets. He has picked 106 wickets from 99 games at an average of 23.65. Mishra has been a long-serving member of the side. Kagiso Rabada (76 wickets) and Anrich Nortje (50 wickets) follow as the highest wicket-takers.
The best bowling figures for Delhi Capitals were achieved by Amit Mishra, who took a fifer for just 17 runs against Deccan Chargers in the first edition of the campaign. Mishra also holds the second-best bowling record (4/11), while Rajat Bhatia, the all-rounder, ranks third with figures of 4/15 amongst the best bowling figures.
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