Delhi Daredevils

In the Indian Premier League the GMR group owns the Delhi franchise called as the Delhi Daredevils. The rights for this franchise were acquired by the GMR group during the auction for 84 million USD. The CEO of this team is Yogesh Shetty while the home ground is Feroz Shah Kotla.

In the opening season of the Indian Premier League the Delhi Daredevils won the following matches. On 19th April 2008 at Delhi it defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 9 wickets. On 22nd April 2008 at Hyderabad it defeated the Deccan Chargers by 9 wickets. On 30th April 2008 at Delhi it defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 10 runs. On 2nd May 2008 at Chennai it defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets. On 15th May 2008 at Delhi it defeated the Deccan Chargers by 12 runs. On 19th May 2008 at Bangalore it defeated the Royal Challengers Bangalore by 5 wickets. On 24th May 2008 at Delhi it defeated the Mumbai Indians by 5 wickets.

The prominent players in the team are as follows. The captain of the team is Virender Sehwag from India who was paid 0.833 million USD. The wicket keepers in the team are Dinesh Karthik from India for 0.525 million USD and AB de Villiers from South Africa for 0.3 million USD. The all rounders are Daniel Vettori from New Zealand for 0.625 million USD, Shoiab Malik from Pakistan for 0.5 million USD and Farveez Maharoof from Sri Lanka for 0.225 million USD. The batsmen in the team are Tillakaratne Dilshan from Sri Lanka for 0.25 million USD, Gautam Gambhir from India for 0.725 million USD and Manoj Tiwary from India for 0.675 million. The bowlers in the team are Mohammad Asif from Pakistan for 0.65 million USD, Glenn McGrath from Australia for 0.35 million USD and Brett Geeves from Australia for 0.05 million USD.

Major achievements

In the 2008 season of Indian Premier League in April-May the Delhi Daredevils played in 15 matches against the other IPL teams and won 7 of them . and also Full Name: Virender SehwagBorn: October 20, 1978, DelhiMajor teams: India, Delhi, ICC World XI, Leicestershire,Batting style: Right-hand batBowling style: Right-arm offbreak


  • First ever Indian to score 300 runs in a Test innings
  • Highest individual score by an Indian in Tests (309)
  • Highest-ever Test score at over a run-a-ball (254 off 247 balls against Pakistan)
  • Involved in the highest opening partnership for a Test played away from India (410 with Dravid)

Virender Sehwag, fondly known as Viru, is an Indian Cricket player and considered to be one of the best batsmen India has got. He is a right handed batsman and a casual Off Spin bowler. Sehwag has a number of records to his credit, including the highest score by an Indian player in a Test match that he achieved in a match against South Africa played at Chennai on 26th of March 2008. He scored 319 runs off just 278 balls in the match, which was also the fastest Triple Century in Test Cricket. Sehwag is one of the three batsmen in the world who have scored 2 Triple Centuries in Test Cricket, and scored the fastest ODI century by an Indian Cricketer in March 2009 off just 60 balls in an ODI match against New Zealand on 11th of March 2009 at Hamilton.

Early Life

Virender Sehwag was born on the 20th of October 1978 at New Delhi in a business family. He developed a liking for the game of Cricket at quite an early age, and received his education at Arora Vidya School in Delhi where he started learning to play Cricket seriously under the guidance of his coach A.N. Sharma.

He started playing for the Delhi Cricket team in the year 1997-98, and played for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy tournament in the year 1998-99. In the year 1999 he was selected for the National Under-19 Cricket team of India, and was chosen for the National Cricket team 2 years later.

One Day International (ODI) Debut

The One Day International (ODI) Cricket career of Virender Sehwag began with an ODI match against Pakistan played in Chandigarh on 1st of April 1999, although he just faced 2 balls by Shoaib Akhtar and got LBW out after scoring a single run in this match. 2 years later, he scored 58 runs off 54 balls in an ODI match against Australia played in Bangalore to win his first Man of the Match award. He also took 3 wickets, giving away 59 runs in this match.

Test Debut

Sehwag debuted in Test Cricket with a Test match against South Africa played at Bloemfontein on 3rd of November 2001. He played an impressive 105 runs in the first innings and 31 runs in the second innings of the match, although he took no wickets and gave away 22 runs in the match.

He is known for making huge scores, and the last 11 centuries he has scored have been over 150 runs, breaking Sir Donald Bradman’s record of scoring 7 centuries more than 150 runs in a row.

Overall Performance

In his overall Test Cricket career till April 2009, Sehwag has played 69 Test matches and has scored 5757 runs including 15 centuries and 18 half-centuries with an average of 50.06 runs and a highest score of 319 runs. He also took 29 wickets in these matches giving away 1265 runs, with an average of 43.62 runs.

Sehwag has also played 205 One Day International (ODI) matches, and has scored 6592 runs in these matches with an average of 34.33 runs and a highest score of 130 runs. He has managed to grab 84 wickets in ODI matches, giving away 3531 runs at an average of 40.58 runs.

Delhi Daredevils Captaincy

Virender Sehwag has been leading the Delhi Daredevils team in the Indian Premiere League 2009, as he was the Captain of the team last year too. Under his leadership, Delhi Daredevils have defeated Kings XI Punjab in the Twenty 20 match played on 19th of April 2009 at Cape Town by 10 wickets. Due to rains, the target for Delhi Daredevils had been limited to 54 runs from 6 overs, and they accomplished it in 4.5 overs. Sehwag contributed by scoring 38 runs (Not Out) off just 16 balls to get his team the victory in its first IPL match in the year 2009.

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