Australia's experienced opener David Warner has been appointed as the captain of Delhi Capitals for IPL 2023. One of the hottest players in the IPL, Warner will replace Rishabh Pant in the upcoming season. Pant has been away from cricket action after a serious car accident in December. Delhi Capitals informed on Thursday (March 16) about making Warner the captain.
Warner, the third-highest run-scorer in the IPL, had earlier captained Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first title in 2016. The left-handed batsman has so far scored 5668 runs in 155 matches in the IPL with an impressive strike rate of 140.58.
Delhi Capitals has appointed Indian team's star all-rounder Akshar Patel as the vice-captain for the upcoming season. Akshar Patel will be seen in a leadership role for the first time in IPL. Axar Patel has done wonders in the IPL and international cricket over the years and is one of the key players for Delhi.
In its official press release, Delhi Capitals said, 'Delhi Capitals, co-owned by JSW-GMR, today announced that Australian batsman David Warner will be the captain of the upcoming IPL. Warner will replace Rishabh Pant as captain, who is currently undergoing rehab. Meanwhile, Akshar Patel has been made the vice-captain of Delhi Capitals.
The release further said, 'The franchise also announces that former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will be the Director of Cricket of Delhi Capitals. Ganguly has been associated with Delhi Capitals earlier as well, when he was in Bhumika's mentor. Delhi Capitals team will play their first match against Lucknow Supergiants on 1st April.