IPL 2023: Delhi Capitals Appoint David Warner As Captain For IPL 2023, With Axar Patel Named As His Deputy

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Delhi Capitals announced Thursday david warner as their captain for the 2023 Indian Premier League. Axar Patel has been named as the Australian’s substitute for the season.

Warner will replace Rishabh Pant, who will be out for the season while recovering from a serious car accident in December last year.

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The Delhi capitals make the announcement early on March 16, the day before the first One-Day International between India and Australia. Ranking third all-time in runs scored in the Indian Premier League, Warner led SunRisers Hyderabad to their maiden title in 2016. The lefty has a remarkable strike rate of 140.58 and a total of 5668 runs in 155 games.

Axar Patel, an all-around player from India, has been appointed vice-captain, marking his first position of authority in the Indian Premier League. Axar has been in outstanding form in recent years in both the IPL and international cricket, and it is anticipated that he will soon establish himself as one of the leading members of DC’s line-up.

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“Rishabh has been an excellent leader for Delhi Capital”- David Warner

David Warner started his IPL campaign in 2009 with the Delhi franchise (formerly Delhi Daredevils), however, he later switched to Sunrisers Hyderabad. He led SRH to the franchise’s only championship win in the competition in 2016. David Warner was fired from the franchise, eventually returning to Delhi following a dispute with team management in the 2021 edition.

“Rishabh has been an excellent leader for Delhi Capitals, and he will be missed by all of us. I would like to thank the management for the faith and trust they have always shown in me. This franchise has always been my home, and I couldn’t be more excited to lead such a talented group of players. I can’t wait to meet you all and get to work!” David Warner said in a statement issued by DC following the announcement.

Warner had a fantastic strike rate of 150.62 while scoring 432 runs for the Capitals in 12 games last season. In competition, he smashed five half centuries.

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