Delhi Dare Devils anounced that former Indian pacer Zaheer Khan will be leading their team in the upcoming IPL tournament. Zaheer will be playing for the Delhi team for the second successive year. The left arm pacer will take over the captaincy from south African allrounder J.P. Duminy.
Zaheer was delighted with his new role. “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,” the 37-year-old added.
Speaking about Zak’s appointment, Team Mentor Rahul Dravid said:
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.”
Zaheer retired last year from international cricket, after playing 92 Tests and scalping 311 wickets. He also claimed 282 One-Day wickets in 200 matches and appeared in 17 T20 Internationals, taking as many wickets.