IPL 2014 March 18, 2014

Pietersen to lead Daredevils in IPL 2014, Karthik named deputy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kevin Pietersen will captain Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League this season, while Dinesh Karthik has been named vice-captain.

The pair were the most expensive purchases for Daredevils at the IPL auction last month. Pietersen was bought for Rs 9 crores ($1.5 million) in the auction in February, after the franchise used its Right to Match card. Karthik was purchased by Daredevils for Rs 12.5 crores ($2.08 million).

The season will be Pietersen's second stint as captain of an IPL franchise - the England batsman had captained Royal Challengers Bangalore for a brief period in 2009. Pietersen, who transferred to Delhi Daredevils from the defunct Deccan Chargers in 2012, has scored 305 runs in eight matches for the franchise. Overall, Pietersen has 634 runs in 21 IPL games at 42.26.

He missed the last season due to injury was but was seen promoting the franchise during the tournament. Pietersen was one of the marquee players at the auction, after Daredevils decided not to retain any players, and was expected to attract interest in spite of the abrupt end to his international career earlier in February.

In 92 matches across six seasons, Karthik - who was part of the Daredevils' squad for the first three seasons of the IPL before moving to Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians - has scored 1741 runs and was one of the leading run-getters for Mumbai in their title win last year.

Gary Kirsten, who was appointed the Daredevils coach in September last year, said the two players would have a positive impact on the team.

"I am looking forward to working with Kevin Pietersen as the captain of the Delhi Daredevils," Kirsten said. "It will be great to have him with us for the full duration of IPL and I have no doubt that he will have a positive and significant impact. Dinesh Karthik, who has been appointed as vice-captain, will also form part of the leadership team. He has a lot of experience of playing the IPL and he will offer valuable inputs into our game plans and strategies during the tournament."

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  • Siva on March 20, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    This season DD is a top contender. My four: CSK, DD, SRH and RR with dark horse being KXIP.

  • Rohan on March 19, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    players like uthhapa, gambhir, tiwary , irfan should be in the team

  • piyush on March 19, 2014, 6:08 GMT

    Good move by Daredevils . KP can lead by example with Karthik as his deputy.

  • Khan on March 19, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    Good to seep kp leading DD i hav they will do good. They hav a good team, batting, bowling and fielding and most importantly a good coach in kristen. Kp should open the innings for me becoz he likes to play his shots and if he gets gng then ipl managments has to get more ball boxes for kp and gale.

  • David on March 19, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    Daredevils must be the team to watch out for in this IPL. With Kirsten & KP at the helm this is a team strong in leadership. To compliment those 2, they also have de Kock, who is looking a lot like KP junior,) Duminy and Parnell to add a few more Saffa accents to the dressing room.

    Lots of batting firepower with Vijay, Karthik & Taylor. They should be giving the bowlers targets to defend!

  • Moe on March 19, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    Wow, the IPL is really providing the theatrics. What will KP do? Will he show an amazing display of batting and captaincy and make England rethink everything about KP? Or, will we see the side of KP that England has been so fed up with?

  • Ramya on March 18, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    KP - my all time fav from the Eng team - well deserved and this time around he will be there for the entire season - excited excited!!!!

  • J on March 18, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    Delhi have a good shot this year, playing 11 should be vijay, de kock, pieterson, karthik, taylor/duminy, tiwary/jadhav, coulter nile/neesham/parnell, nadeem, sharma, shami, shukla/kaul. Plenty of options so its just down to who performs well in the early games.

  • Gaurav on March 18, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Let's see what happens ? DELHI always had star T 20 players in their side from I P L 1 but they never manage to get success. I don't think that the scenario will change this time. May be KP prove the able captain but according to me, DELHI have no chance to win this I P L.

  • Dummy4 on March 18, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    Manoj tiwari is man to watch out for. If he got half of a chance to what rohit has got. He would have been true match winner. But that's Indian politics.

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