South African all-rounder JP Duminy has been named captain of the Delhi Daredevils, ahead of the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League, which will get underway on 8 April.
Duminy, who briefly captained the Proteas T20I team, snared a hat-trick and averaged more than 50 with the bat during the World Cup.
‘I am grateful for the support and belief from the franchisee. It is an absolute privilege to lead such a talented mix of players. I am excited about the season ahead and sincerely hope we will be able to turn around the fortunes of Delhi Daredevils in the upcoming IPL season,’ said the 30-year-old Duminy, who represented the Deccan Chargers, Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad in previous editions of the IPL.
Duminy is accompanied by fellow South Africans Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir and Albie Morkel at the Daredevils, who are coached by the veteran Gary Kirsten. Delhi finished last in the 2014 IPL, after winning just two matches in 14 attempts.
‘JP is the right choice to lead the team for the upcoming season. He has the necessary experience and demeanour to take the team forward. I have seen him progress and mature as a player and leader through the years with the South African national team,’ concluded Kirsten.
Australians Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head, Nathan Coulter-Nile – and Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews – have also been recruited by the franchise.