Delhi Daredevils appoint Jayawardene vice-captain

New Delhi: Indian Premier League franchise Delhi Daredevils have appointed Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene as the side`s deputy for the 2012 edition.

Jayawardene led Sri Lanka to the final of the 2007 World Cup and also scored an unbeaten hundred in the 2011 edition in Mumbai against India.

"He has an excellent track record as a leader of men and draws enormous respect from his team-mates," Delhi Daredevils` Team Mentor T.A. Sekar said.

"We are aware of the immense value that Mahela brings to the table and are sure that the team will benefit from his presence in the leadership team."

Virender Sehwag, who is the captain of the Daredevils, was happy about the appointment of Jayawardene as vice-captain, said Sekar.

"Viru (Sehwag) told us that he would find Mahela`s experience as a leader very handy. We are confident that they will bring the best out of the squad this season. That will enable us to stay competitive through the season and have the chance to celebrate Mahela`s 35th birthday on May 27," he said.

Delhi Daredevils dished out USD 1.4 million for the services of the Sri Lankan at the IPL players` auction last month.

IANS

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