Xtra Time Web Desk: Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Capitals on Thursday announced Australian batter David Warner as Captain for the upcoming IPL 2023 season. Warner steps in as skipper for Rishabh Pant, who is currently undergoing rehab and recovery. Meanwhile, all-rounder Axar Patel has been named the team’s Vice Captain. The franchise also announced former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the franchise’s Director of Cricket. Ganguly has been associated with Delhi Capitals in the past too, in the role of Mentor, during the 2019 season.
Speaking on his new role, David Warner said, “Rishabh has been a terrific leader for Delhi Capitals, and we are all going to miss having him around. I would like to thank the management for the faith and trust they have always shown in me. This franchise has always been home for me, and I could not be more excited to lead such a supremely talented bunch of players. I can’t wait to meet them all, and get cracking!”
Meanwhile, Director of Cricketer Sourav Ganguly said, “I’m excited to be back with the Delhi Capitals. My association with the women’s team, and the Pretoria Capitals over the last few months has been fantastic, and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season of the IPL. Delhi Capitals had done well as a team during my last stint with them. I’ve already been involved with the players this time around, and I’m keen to see them as a group. Hopefully, we will all have a great time over the next couple of months.”
The 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League kicks off on 31st March 2023. The Delhi Capitals will take on Lucknow Super Giants in their season opener in an away game on 1st April 2023.