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Delhi Daredevils announce Zaheer Khan as captain

Delhi Daredevils announce Zaheer Khan as captain
Zaheer Khan (3rd from right) has 82 wickets from 77 IPL games.
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Former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan has been named as the captain of the Delhi Daredevils team in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.

Khan was sidelined most of the 2014 season with a muscle strain which prompted the Mumbai Indians to release him ahead of the auction following which the Delhi Daredevils picked him for the 2015 season for $660,000.

The injury continued to dampen Khan’s progress as he played just seven games for the Daredevils in the 2015 season and managed to pick seven wickets at an economy of 6.45.

His absence created a major impact in Delhi Daredevils’ campaign as they ended seventh in the season after they were led by South Africa’s JP Duminy.

Rahul Dravid, who will be seen in a mentor role with the Delhi Daredevils said Khan’s appointment will inspire the team to do well in the upcoming season.

“Zaheer has been a leader for a very long time. Anyone who has followed Indian cricket will know the impact Zak has had.

“He has always proven himself to be one of the leaders.

“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.

"I would like to congratulate him on the appointment and wish him, and the rest of the squad all the very best."

The former Indian captain also lavished his praise on Duminy for his contribution and further added that the South African batsman will be an integral part of the team management in this season.

"JP did a fantastic job last season.

“He will continue to be part of the leadership group.

“I am looking forward to working with Zak, JP, Paddy (Head Coach) and the rest of the support staff as we build towards this upcoming season," added Dravid.

Apart from retaining Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir and Nathan Coulter-Nile, the think-tank of Delhi Daredevils have managed to get the services of Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Joel Paris and Sam Billings for the 2016 season.

The squad has a perfect blend with youngsters like Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson expected to take key roles and Khan believes they have the right combination to clinch the title this time.

“It is a huge honour to captain Delhi Daredevils.

“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.”

Delhi Daredevils will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in their opening encounter of the 2016 season at the Eden Gardens on 10th April.

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