Former India captain and former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has once again joined hands with Delhi Capitals. The franchise has given him a bigger position this time.
Ganguly will be the director of the three franchise teams. The Delhi Capitals franchise has two other teams in the International League T20I (ILT20) and SA T20 (ILT20).
Ganguly had resigned from the post of BCCI president in October last year. He has previously worked with Delhi Capitals. In 2019, he was the mentor of the team. This time he will also be the director of Delhi Capitals as well as International League T20I team Dubai Capitals and SA T20I team Pretoria Capitals.
According to the news, during the mini auction for 2023 IPL, on the advice of Ganguly and Ricky Ponting, the Delhi team released the players and then placed bets on the new players.
Delhi bought these players in the mini auction –
Mukesh Kumar (5.50 crores),
Riley Russo (4.60 crores),
Manish Pandey (2.40 crores),
Philip Salt (2 crores),
Ishant Sharma (50 lakhs)
Delhi Capitals squad for IPL 2023 –
Rishabh Pant (C), David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Manish Pandey, Philip Salt, Riley Russo, Ripple Patel, Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Yash Dhull, Mitchell Marsh, Lalit Yadav, Akshar Patel, Enrich Nortje, Chetan Sakaria, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Vicky Ostwal, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar.
David Warner can be made the captain of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2023 after Rishabh Pant fell victim to the accident. If Pant is fit before the IPL, he will take over the captaincy.
Ganguly had been in controversies –
Sourav Ganguly’s last year as BCCI President has been full of controversies. On the removal of Virat Kohli from ODI captaincy, Ganguly had said that all decisions were taken only after Virat spoke. However, Kohli later said that no one spoke to him.
After this, news of estrangement between Ganguly and Kohli surfaced. Ganguly had the option of continuing as BCCI president, but he did not apply for the post any further and was replaced by Roger Binny.