On Thursday, Delhi Capitals made the much-awaited announcement by naming Australia’s star batter David Warner as their captain for the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League. DC named Axar Patel as his deputy for the upcoming season.
Delhi Capitals Announced David Warner As Their Captain For IPL 2023
David replaced Rishabh Pant in the captaincy role, who has been ruled out of the upcoming season as the keeper-batter continues to recover from the multiple injuries he sustained during a severe car crash in December last year.
Making the big announcement for the upcoming season, DC wrote:
“David Warner (c), Axar Patel (vc). All set to roar loud this #IPL2023 under the leadership of these two dynamic southpaws,”
Check out the Tweet:
David Warner 👉🏼 (𝗖)
Axar Patel 👉🏼 (𝗩𝗖)
All set to roar loud this #IPL2023 under the leadership of these two dynamic southpaws 🐯#YehHaiNayiDilli | @davidwarner31 @akshar2026 pic.twitter.com/5VfgyefjdH
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 16, 2023
Warner began his IPL career with the Delhi-based franchise in the year 2009, however, he joined Sunrisers Hyderabad five years later. He led SRH to title victory in 2016, which remains the franchise’s only win so far in the tournament.
In 2021, Warner had a fallout with the franchise and was released from the squad. Eventually, he came back to Delhi and was seen playing under the leadership of the young Indian keeper-batter Pant.
Following the announcement by DC, Warner said: “Rishabh has been a terrific leader for Delhi Capitals, and we’re all going to miss having him around. I would like to thank the management for the faith and trust they’ve always shown in me. This franchise has always been home for me, and I couldn’t be more excited to lead such a supremely talented bunch of players. I can’t wait to meet them all, and get cracking!”
Warner scored 432 runs for the Capitals in 12 matches at a brilliant strike rate of 150.62 during the 2022 edition of the IPL. He smashed five half-centuries in the tournament.
Meanwhile, apart from the captaincy announcement, DC also confirmed the return of Sourav Ganguly to the franchise, this time as Director of Cricket. Notably, Ganguly was a part of the Delhi staff before his tenure as BCCI President; at the time, he was a mentor.