IPL 2019: Sourav Ganguly joins Delhi Capitals as advisor
Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly will be together at Delhi Capitals. © BCCI

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has joined Delhi Capitals in the capacity as an advisor the rechristened IPL franchise ahead of the 2019 season.

In a statement Thursday, Ganguly said: “I am very pleased to come on board with the Delhi Capitals. Having known the Jindals and the JSW Group for years, I am now excited to be a part of their latest sports venture. I am really looking forward to working with the players and the support staff.”

The Delhi Capitals announced that Ganguly, who led India in 196 matches, will work closely with the franchise’s coach Ricky Ponting.

Capitals – formerly Delhi Daredevils – are one of three teams not to win the IPL title in 11 seasons. The Delhi-based franchise is the only one from the eight original teams to never make it to the IPL final. (READ: Delhi Capitals unveil official jersey for IPL 2019)

Added Parth Jindal, the Capitals chairman: “Sourav is one of the most astute minds in world cricket. A lot of what we see in Indian cricket today was born because of Sourav. His aggression, positivity and never say die attitude are traits we want the Delhi Capitals team to imbibe. It is truly an honour that Sourav has chosen Delhi as his IPL team. I have no doubt that our team will benefit immensely from his experience, guidance and advice. Sourav has been like family to me and I am deeply humbled to have him as an Advisor.” (READ: Interview – Hanuma Vihari aims to maximise IPL opportunity)

Capitals will be captained by Shreyas Iyer. The open their IPL 2019 campaign on March 24 against hosts Mumbai Indians and play their first home match on March 26 versus defending champions Chennai Super Kings.