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Pietersen To Captain Delhi Daredevils

Kevin Pietersen, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kevin Pietersen, pictured here in action for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, will captain the Delhi Daredevils this season
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Kevin Pietersen will captain the Delhi Daredevils for the 2014 Indian Premier League with Dinesh Karthik as his vice-captain.

As he no longer has a central contract with England, Pietersen is available for the whole tournament and Karthik is returning to Delhi after a spell with the Mumbai Indians.

Pietersen first played for Delhi in 2012, hitting 305 runs in eight matches before he missed the 2013 season due to a knee injury.

He was retained by the Daredevils for the 2014 season as they exercised their 'right to match' option during the auction.

"I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to captain the Delhi Daredevils in this year’s IPL," Pietersen said.

"I am very much looking forward to working alongside Gary Kirsten. We have a fantastic squad with a good blend of youth and experience and a brilliant coaching set up.

"We hope to bring our incredible fans a lot of happiness this season."

Karthik has scored 1,741 runs in 92 IPL matches for Delhi and Mumbai, with whom he won the title last year. 

"I am really thankful and honoured on being appointed as the vice-captain of Delhi Daredevils cricket team," he said.

"I also thank GMR Group and Delhi Daredevils for having the faith in me.

"I am looking forward to working under legends like Kevin Pietersen and Gary Kirsten and show my full support and faith for the team.

"I will try and take the team to a newer level and achieve great things."

This year's IPL will begin on 16th May in the United Arab Emirates before returning to India for the closing stages.

The Daredevils reached the semi-finals of the first two IPL seasons, in 2008 and 2009, and the play-offs in 2012 but have otherwise performed poorly, slumping to ninth and last place in the standings and winning just three matches.

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