The Daredevils have not been up to standard in the last two years of the IPL, finishing last and second last, and tried to address some issues by overhauling the coaching staff.

IPL team profile: Delhi Daredevils

IPL team profile: Delhi Daredevils

Team: The Delhi Daredevils

Captain: Zaheer Khan

Coach: Paddy Upton

IPL Best: Semi-finalist 2008, 2009

Overview: The Daredevils have not been up to standard in the last two years of the IPL, finishing last and second last, and tried to address some issues by overhauling the coaching staff.

Gary Kirsten has been axed as coach with fellow South African Paddy Upton taking charge while India legend Rahul Dravid has also been roped in as a mentor.

Veteran seamer Zaheer Khan has also replaced JP Duminy as captain for the upcoming season.

Key Batsman: South Africa opening batsman Quinton de Kock will be critical if the team want to get off to good starts and the left-hander was also been in decent touch for the Proteas at the recent World T20.

Key Bowler: India fast bowler Mohammad Shami would like to put his injury nightmare behind him and be among the wickets to help the Daredevils reach the summit.

Likely Benchwarmer: Although highly rated by many, England's Sam Billings looks set to miss out on selection if the strong contingent of foreign players, including West Indies World T20 hero Carlos Brathwaite, is anything to go by.

They Said: New captain Zaheer Khan said: "It is a huge honour to captain Delhi Daredevils. To get this responsibility is a way for me to give back to the game.

Squad: Zaheer Khan (capt.), JP. Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Imran Tahir, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Morris, Joel Paris, Sam Billings, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Akhil Herwadkar, Chama Milind, Karun Nair, Mahipal Lomror, Pawan Negi, Pawan Suyal, Pratyush Singh, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Syed Khaleel Ahmed

Fixtures: April 10th vs Delhi Daredevils

15th April vs Kings XI Punjab

17th April vs Royal Challengers Bangalore

23rd April vs Mumbai Indians

27th April vs Gujarat Lions

30th April vs Kolkata Knight Riders

3rd May vs Gujarat Lions

5th May vs Rising Pune Supergiants

7th May vs Kings XI Punjab

12th May vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

15th May vs Mumbai Indians

17th May vs Rising Pune Supergiants

20th May vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

22nd May vs Royal Challengers Bangalore