first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) Delhi Daredevils was renamed as Delhi Capitals on Tuesday with a hope that it would bring a change in fortunes of the franchise after a poor track record over the past 11 IPL seasons. Co-owners Parth Jindal, representing JSW Sport, and Kiran Kumar Grandhi of GMR, unveiled the new name of the team. Jindal, whose JSW sport acquired a 50 per cent stake in the Delhi franchise last year, also announced that Shreyas Iyer will continue to lead the team despite the presence of Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan returns to Delhi for the 2019 season after being traded by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Australian great Ricky Ponting will continue to coach the team. Jindal explained why his team zeroed in on the new name of the team. “Delhi is the power centre of the country, it is the capital, therefore the name Delhi Capitals,” he said. The team has retained the old red and blue colour in the new team logo. “Our logo has been inspired by the design of Parliament House. Tiger is our national animal and the three tigers idea is derived from the Ashok Chakra,” said Jindal. Delhi have Rs 25 crore to spend at the IPL auction on December 18 and Jindal said the team has its plans in place. “We obviously can’t share them with you. The core of the team has remained the same for the last couple of years. We need to invest more in the youth and going forward, that is something we will continue to focus on,” said Jindal.advertisement “With Dhawan, we have got more solidity at the top. And the young guys who have been with us (Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant) are doing well for India. The captain and coach are the same, there is continuity there,” said the JSW Director, when asked about the team’s dismal run season after season. Pravin Amre remains a part of the support staff and joining him next season will be Mohammad Kaif. The team had finished at the bottom of the standings last year when Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain midway into the IPL. Iyer was then given the leadership role. A CEO to oversee day-to-day running of the team will be named soon. Under the current ownership, the chairmanship will change every two years between JSW and GMR. PTI BS PDSPDSlast_img read more

first_imgReal Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has announced that he is staying at the Spanish club.It was reported that the 33-year-old had an offer from a Chinese club but his current contract ends on June 30, 2021, reports Efe news.”There has been too much speculation about my future and I wanted to reiterate my commitment to the club,” Ramos told the press at the Real Madrid facilities in Valdebebas on Thursday.”I have no intention of leaving the club and wish to retire here,” he added.The first team captain arrived at Real Madrid in the summer of 2005 as the first signing by Florentino Perez after he was elected the club’s president.”The relationship with Florentino is father-son and of course that dynamic can have moments of conflict too,” Ramos said. “But like any relationship, it does have some ups and downs.”He also said that reports in the media had annoyed him and were the reason for him calling the press conference.Rumors about Ramos’ departure had said it was because of money.”We haven’t discussed money and my intention is to talk about this in a frank manner with the president,” he said.”There is an offer from China and if I didn’t feel wanted then it’s an alternative, but at present, my deal is with Real Madrid and my plan is to see out my contract.”There has been too much speculation and I wanted to clear this matter up.”Ramos said he wanted to help rebuild the team with the club’s president.advertisement”My intention is to construct a new Real Madrid with the president and start to look to the future,” he added.”I still have the physical strength to play for the club.” “When the time comes to move on I’ll do so but in a place where I never have to face Real Madrid,” Ramos continued.”It’s important that I feel wanted here at the club by the fans, teammates and of course the president.”He said that the team’s 4-1 defeat to Ajax in the UEFA Champions League this season caused a lot of tension among the squad and fans and added that “it was a time for us to reset things.”Ramos has lifted four LaLiga cups with Real Madrid and four Champions League trophies.At an international level, he won the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well as two UEFA Euro titles in 2008 and 2012.Also Read | Europa League title win may not be enough to keep Maurizio Sarri at ChelseaAlso Read | Inter Milan part company with coach Luciano SpallettiAlso Seelast_img read more