Delhi Daredevils officially launch 2017 IPL campaign

Indo Asian News Service

New Delhi, March 31 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Friday officially launched their campaign for the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league.

At the launch, Delhi Daredevils Chief Executive Office Hemant Dua, GMR Sports Director and former India fast bowler T.A. Sekar and the captain for the season Zaheer Khan were present.

The trio formally inducted the two new recruits -- fast bowlers Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada -- into the franchise for the 2017 edition.

Daredevils captain Zaheer Khan expressed hope that the side will turn a corner in the season.

"To have the likes of Pat (Cummins) and Kagiso (Rabada) adds teeth to our bowling attack. They are two of the best in the world. It will be great fun to interact and share ideas. That is the beauty of IPL. Also we have some other talented players, all this always makes my job as a captain very enjoyable," Zaheer said.

Cummins and Rabada were excited to build on their performances in India when touring with their national squads.

"It is an absolute joy to be involved with a fantastic franchise like Delhi Daredevils. I could not have asked for a better opportunity. I have enjoyed bowling in India and hope to gain some more by bowling alongside the likes of Zak, Kagiso and Shami," said Cummins.

On his part South Africa's Rabada also exuded hope for his first season in IPL.

"To make my IPL debut will be an exciting time. I have been looking forward to turning up for Delhi Daredevils since the auction. I have learnt a lot from the 2015 tour (to India). It will be great to build from there," he said.

Delhi Daredevils will begin their tournament with their first match on April 8 in Bengaluru against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

--IANS

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