New Delhi: Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will be the Brand ambassador of the Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming DLF Indian Premier League, GMR Sports, owners of the team announced yesterday.
''My heart beats for Delhi. I consider myself a 'pucca Dilliwallah'. I would like to thank the GMR group for letting me become the first fan of Delhi Daredevils,'' Akshay said.
He also unveiled the team colours at the function.
Welcoming the superstar, GMR Sports Chairman Srinivas Bommidala said, ''The GMR group has a very close relationship with Delhi.
We are in the process of gifting Delhi a world-class airport.
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Now, with Delhi Daredevils, we want to make Delhi a world-class city for sport and take Indian sports to a new level.'' The event also featured Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik, speedster Mohd Asif and Delhi's Virender Sehwag, the captain of Daredevils.
Malik said, ''I'm from Lahore, a city not very different from Delhi in the daredevil spirit. I feel at home with this team and this city. It's great to be a part of a unique marriage between cricket and films. I am sure this will lead to more and more people enjoying cricket and support Delhi Daredevils.'' The Delhi Daredevils will play their first game at the Ferozshah Kotla against Team Jaipur on April 19.
The team: Virender Sehwag (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary, Mohammad Asif, Daniel Vettori, Dinesh Karthik, Shoaib Malik, Glenn McGrath, Abraham de Villiers, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Farveez Maharoof, Amit Misra, Pradeep Sangwan, Brett Geeves, Rajat Bhatia, Shikhar Dhawan, Yo Mahesh, Mithun Manhas, Mayank Tehlan and Greg Shipperd (Coach).