IPL 2016 March 28, 2016

Zaheer Khan to captain Daredevils in IPL 2016

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Zaheer Khan has been appointed as captain of the Delhi Daredevils for the 2016 IPL season.

Zaheer joined Daredevils in 2015; he played seven of the team's 14 matches, taking seven wickets at an average of 22.28 and an economy-rate of 6.45. He described his appointment as a "huge honour".

"It is a huge honour to captain Delhi Daredevils," Zaheer said. "To get this responsibility is a way for me to give back to the game. I firmly believe that with the players currently involved we have the makings of a very good side, a young side that can surprise people. The potential of this group of players is immense and it is now up to us as players to turn that potential into consistent performances."

Daredevils' team mentor Rahul Dravid was full of praise for Zaheer, and expressed high hopes for the bowler's forthcoming stint as captain. "Zaheer has been a leader for a very long time. Anyone who has followed Indian cricket will know the impact Zak has had," Dravid said. "Zak has a big personality, but it is the steel, focus and drive behind the outward confidence which I think he will bring to the captaincy and that I am sure will inspire the rest of the team. He has the respect of the dressing room and the franchise is proud to have him as our captain."

Zaheer had retired from international cricket last October, but he had last played for India in February 2014.

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  • Danish Mohammed on April 6, 2016, 2:55 GMT

    QDK, Iyer, Samson, JPD, Agarwal, Negi, BRATHWAITE, Mishra, Shami, Zaheer, TAHIR - Delhi wicket is slow and low, 4 spinners is key along with 3 pace options. The young yet talented top 3 have to perform consistently if DD want to have a a chance of playoff qualification.

  • ullasjp on April 4, 2016, 16:04 GMT

    1. QD kock 2.Shreyas 3.Mayank 4.duminy 5.karun 6.samson 7.moris 8.negi 9.shami 10.zaheer 11.thair. I think this XI looks gud on paper.

  • Mi_Punekar on April 4, 2016, 14:11 GMT

    Wait and watch guyz.... May be he will prove his worth! All the best Zaheer!

  • NARASIMHAPPA on April 2, 2016, 18:08 GMT

    obsolute stupidity frm dd. how can a player doesnt captnd in his whole carreer can lead a team.aftr retirng frm interntnl cricket

  • dogandbone on March 30, 2016, 8:10 GMT

    should have kept Taylor and had him captain the team.

  •   Parag Subnys on March 30, 2016, 7:58 GMT

    I used to envy DD for their once upon a time batting line up. Dilshan-Mahela-ABD-Sehwag-Gambhir and so. But their think tank had some other plans. All the above batsmen moved on in life after DD. Even Gary Kirsten (the only coach to make two teams no.1 in test history) couldn't revive their fortunes in two years.

    My question to DD is, Are you sure that your captain will carry on for 14 games in this burning summer? And I am not even talking of the playoffs and Final?

    I am sure some one else would be captaining Delhi midway through the season because of fitness issues.

  •   Ajith Peethambaran on March 29, 2016, 22:29 GMT

    Problem with DD is the home ground pitch itself. They usually picks some good fast bowlers and hard hitting batters; but the pitch being slow, nullifies these skills.

  • indianzen on March 29, 2016, 21:15 GMT

    Best Wishes Zak, we still remember the jelly beans England test which you won for us single handedly.

  • GrindAR on March 29, 2016, 19:13 GMT

    Now DD is talking in IPL. They will surely make it to final four.After that,its going to be [luck] more than skiills, b'cas itsnot the round where the teams are scarce of skills. Its going to be bowlers IPL.

  • SamWintson92 on March 29, 2016, 18:26 GMT

    @ MI_PUNEKAR: Can't agree more.

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