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.
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