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The Deccan Chargers, or Deccan Chargers, were a franchise cricket team based in the city of Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League.[1] The team was one of the eight founding members of the IPL in 2008 and was owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. After finishing last in the first season of the IPL, they won the second season held in South Africa in 2009 under the captaincy of former Australian wicket-keeper and batsman Adam Gilchrist. Gilchrist was the captain of the team for the first three seasons of the IPL. From the fourth season, Kumar Sangakkara led the team and Cameron White played as his deputy. The team was coached by Darren Lehmann, former Australian cricketer.

Hyderabad Deccan Chargers
OwnerDeccan Chronicle
Team information
CityHyderabad, Telangana
Home ground
IPL wins1 (2009)
CLT20 wins0

The owners put the franchise up for sale in 2012 due to constant banning of team players in previous seasons but declined the sole bid. On 14 September 2012 the team was permanently banned by IPL governing council terminated the Chargers for breaching contract terms.[2] The Sun TV Network won the bid for the Hyderabad franchise, the BCCI confirmed on 25 October 2012.[3] The new team was named the Sunrisers Hyderabad.[4]


Franchise historyEdit

The Hyderabad franchise was bought by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. The media group acquired the franchise for US$107 million on 24 January 2008.[5] The Chargers logo is a charging bull.[6] From the 2009 season, the team changed the colour of the jersey (from beige and black to sparkling silver and blue) and the logo (from gold and red to white and blue). There was no Icon Player for the team as the former captain V.V.S. Laxman rejected the offer to be an icon player in order to free funds and enable the franchise to buy and encourage younger players.

Franchise terminationEdit

Due to financial problems Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd, the team owner of Deccan Chargers announced a sale of their team by auction. The sale, announced in a newspaper advertisement on Thursday, was to be through a bidding process that was to be completed on 13 September, with the winning bid to be announced on the same day.[7] However the auction for the franchise on 13 September 2012 ended with no results as the team's owners rejecting the sole bid they received from PVP Ventures.[8] It was reported that Deccan Chargers owner rejected the bid by PVP ventures as DCHL's bankers were not happy with PVP's plan to divide the bid amount in two parts over the next ten years.[8] Later on 14 September 2012, the BCCI announced that the Deccan Chargers IPL franchise was terminated due to BCCI codes by DCHL[8] and the tender will be called for new team.[9] DCHL moved to court to sort their issues with BCCI on termination.[10]

Indian Premier LeagueEdit

2008 seasonEdit


The franchise initially acquired star players Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds, Shahid Afridi, Scott Styris and Herschelle Gibbs. The main bowlers purchased by the franchise were R.P. Singh, Nuwan Zoysa and Chaminda Vaas. The other Indian players are Rohit Sharma, Venugopal Rao, and Pragyan Ojha.


Despite the fact that the team was one of the favorites to win the inaugural edition of the IPL, the team finished last. Andrew Symonds, who was Deccan's most expensive player, batted only 3 innings before leaving to play for the Australian national team. In addition, the team captain V.V.S. Laxman had an injury which ended his season after 6 games. Only three bowlers R. P. Singh, Pragyan Ojha and Shahid Afridi took more than 4 wickets in the competition. In this 14 match period, the team went on a losing streak at home and only managed 2 wins overall, one against the Mumbai Indians and one against the Chennai Super Kings and as a result they finished at the bottom of the table.

2009 seasonEdit

New administration and support staffEdit

After the debacle of 2008, the team management sacked the entire administration associated with the tournament in that year. They removed their CEO J. Kalyan Krishnan, Coach Robin Singh and the Captain V.V.S. Laxman and replaced them with Tim Wright, the former Australian batsman Darren Lehmann and former Australian Wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist respectively. Many new players were taken from domestic circuit and also few new international players were signed. The 2008 sponsor Jaypee Group withdrew its sponsorship due to the 2008 debacle. After this, the Deccan Chargers went through a complete makeover, including changing the colours of the team from pale brown to vibrant blue and a new logo displaying a more vibrant charging bull with Deccan Chronicle as the primary sponsor for the team. Among the other members of the support staff, their physio Sean Slattery and performance analyst Unni Krishnan were retained and were part of the team to win the IPL second edition in 2009 which was held in South Africa.


In low key trading of players, the Deccan Chargers management had placed Shahid Afridi and Herschelle Gibbs up for sale, a direct result of their below par performance during the 2008 season. However, no franchise owners were interested in purchasing these two players. Later, the Deccan Chargers management severed all ties with Shahid Afridi, due to his disagreement with former team captain V.V.S. Laxman. Also, Former Indian all-rounder Sanjay Bangar was transferred to the Kolkata Knight Riders.

New signingsEdit

Before the second player auction took place the management signed Queensland all-rounder Ryan Harris owing to a strong recommendation from coach Darren Lehmann. In the resulting auction the Deccan Chargers franchise acquired two West Indian players, Fidel Edwards for a fee of $150,000, and Dwayne Smith for $100,000. Seven new domestic players were also signed up including batsmen Tirumalasetti Suman and Abhinav Kumar, and bowler Shoaib Maqsusi from the Hyderabad team after their consistent performances on the domestic circuit. Baroda batsman Azhar Bilakhia and two fast bowlers from Punjab, Jaskarandeep Singh and Harmeet Singh were also signed on.


With the below-par performance in the inaugural season and finishing at the bottom, Deccan staged an inspired comeback in 2009 by winning the second IPL season. After having an undefeated run in the initial league stage, the team suffered minor setbacks by losing some close matches. But the return of Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma regaining form and the continuing exuberance of captain Adam Gilchrist bolstered the side. Some luck came in Charger's way towards the end of the league stage, with Kings Punjab and Rajasthan Royals losing key matches, enabling the Chargers into the semi-finals. During the semi-finals against the Delhi Daredevils, who were at the top of the table, few gave the Chargers a chance of an outside win. But against the odds, Gilchrist scored a sensational 85 off just 35 balls to put the Daredevils out of the competition and give the Chargers their first IPL final against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

In the final match, Gilchrist got out for a duck in the first over, however the Chargers managed to recover and posted a total of 143 for the loss of 6 wickets. Many felt that a good defending total could have been a further 20–30 runs. The Chargers came out with all guns blazing right from the first ball, and this spirited effort ensured that they successfully defended the total, winning the game by 6 runs and lifting the prized IPL trophy.

2010 seasonEdit

On 11 August 2009, Dinesh Wadhwa, former Regional Manager of ICICI Bank was appointed chief operating officer for 2010.

New signingEdit

Foreign inclusionsEdit
Domestic inclusionsEdit
Contracts bought outEdit


After winning 2009, there were lots of expectations on Chargers. Team opened with a loss in their inaugural match against KKR but subsequently won next 3 matches. But thereafter Chargers went on to lose the next 5 matches. With a situation where many doubted whether Chargers will be able to make to next round but it has made it by winning next 5 consecutive matches and qualifying for playoffs. But Chargers lost both games in play-offs i.e. Semifinals and 3rd place. Pragyan Ojha won the Purple Cap by becoming the highest wicket taker for them in the same season.

Deccan Chargers home crowd in 2011

2011 seasonEdit

Before the start of auction Chargers decided not to retain any players and have put all the players in auction. The much awaited Auction on 8 and 9 January 2011 lived up to the expectation; in fact it exceeded in many ways. Daniel Christian was termed as million dollar baby as he was hardly known to the world cricket at that point of time. Chargers did pick very good players in Cameron White, JP Duminy, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn and skipper Kumar Sangakkara. But at the same time Chargers lost many of Indian players such RP Singh and Rohit Sharma as well as Australians Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist.

New signingsEdit

Foreign inclusionsEdit
Indian players inclusionsEdit


Team started the campaign by losing first 2 games but team won next match. There after team started losing badly despite winning some games and was therefore eliminated from the competition. But team bounced back by showing pride by winning final 3 matches which didn't allow a chance for other teams for qualifiers. Team disappointing performance was clearly due to inexperience in the squad especially due to lack of Indian international batsmen. Fans of DC have criticized management for not holding back Rohit Sharma during player retention. Chargers got to play IPL matches at Hyderabad after almost 3 years, but dismal performance at their home ground continued with a win against RCB being the only exception. However, in the away matches, Chargers did manage to beat Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians, Knight Riders, Pune Warriors and Kings XI Punjab. They ended on a high with 3 consecutive wins but could not scale above 7th position in the league standings.

2012 seasonEdit

In 2012 Indian Premier League, Chargers named new fielding coach Trevor Penney replacing Mike Young.

New signings and tradingsEdit

In the trading window which opened in December, Chargers traded off Kevin Pietersen, Harmeet Singh and Pragyan Ojha to Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians respectively. During player auctions, Chargers had tried to bid Ravindra Jadeja for entire $2m but eventually lost to the Super Kings in tie breaker. Later they acquired following players-

Players acquiredEdit

Daniel Harris ($70,000), Darren Bravo ($100,000), Parthiv Patel ($650,000)

After the auction, they signed up a few uncapped players such as TP Sudhindra, Tanmay Srivastava, Biplab Samantray, Akshath Reddy and Ashish Reddy owing to their strong domestic performances.

Contracts bought outEdit

Michael Lumb, Jaydev Shah, Ishan Malhotra


The Chargers failed to deliver on a consistent basis in 2012 with narrow and consecutive defeats. Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn and Cameron White were the only players who helped the team put up a fight. Team weakness was the bowling and fielding department, with fast bowler Ishant Sharma being ruled out due to injury and spinner Pragyan Ojha traded to Mumbai Indians. Deccan finished eighth out of the nine teams in the league stage points table, after languishing at the bottom for most part of the season. Deccan Chargers came into the season being characterized as 'underdogs', and they are yet to lose that name.

Champions League Twenty20Edit

The Twenty20 Champions League is an international Twenty20 cricket competition between clubs from India, Australia, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and West Indies. The competition was launched in 2008 as a response to the success of national Twenty20 domestic cricket leagues, most notably the Indian Premier League.

2009 seasonEdit

On account of emerging as the winners of the 2009 season of the Indian Premier League, the team participated in the inaugural edition of the T20 Champions League, along with two other Indian teams: the runners-up of IPL 2009, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Delhi Daredevils, the toppers of the league-stage points table.

They were knocked out in the group stages after losing to the Somerset Sabres and Trinidad & Tobago, who they were drawn against in Group A.


Year Indian Premier League Champions League Twenty20
2008 Group stage Cancelled (DNQ)
2009 Champions Group stage
2010 Semi Finals DNQ
2011 Group stage DNQ
2012 Group stage DNQ
  • DNQ = Did Not Qualify


  • Players with international caps are listed in bold.[11]
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
  • Signed Year denotes year from which player is associated with Deccan Chargers
Name Nat Birth date Batting style Bowling style Signed year Notes
Darren Bravo   (1989-02-06)6 February 1989 (aged 23) Left-handed Right-arm medium fast 2012 Overseas.[12]
Bharat Chipli   (1983-01-27)27 January 1983 (aged 29) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2011
Shikhar Dhawan   (1985-12-05)5 December 1985 (aged 26) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2011
Ravi Teja Dwaraka   (1988-09-05)5 September 1988 (aged 23) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2008
Daniel Harris   (1979-12-31)31 December 1979 (aged 32) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2012 Overseas.
Ishank Jaggi   (1989-10-27)27 October 1989 (aged 22) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2011
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala   (1982-12-01)1 December 1982 (aged 29) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2012
Chris Lynn   (1990-04-10)10 April 1990 (aged 21) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2011 Overseas.
Tanmay Mishra   (1986-12-22)22 December 1986 (aged 25) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2012 Registered as an uncapped Indian player.[13]
Akshath Reddy   (1991-02-11)11 February 1991 (aged 21) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2012
Sunny Sohal   (1987-11-10)10 November 1987 (aged 24) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2011
Tanmay Srivastava   (1989-11-07)7 November 1989 (aged 22) Left-handed Right-arm medium fast 2012
Cameron White   (1983-08-18)18 August 1983 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2011 Overseas & Vice-captain.
Arjun Yadav   (1981-12-23)23 December 1981 (aged 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2008
Daniel Christian   (1983-05-04)4 May 1983 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2011 Overseas.
JP Duminy   (1984-04-14)14 April 1984 (aged 27) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2011 Overseas.
Syed Quadri   (1981-12-02)2 December 1981 (aged 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break 2012
Ashish Reddy   (1991-02-24)24 February 1991 (aged 21) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2010
Biplab Samantray   (1988-12-14)14 December 1988 (aged 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2012
Kedar Devdhar   (1989-12-14)14 December 1989 (aged 22) Right-handed 2011
Parthiv Patel   (1985-03-09)9 March 1985 (aged 27) Left-handed 2012
Kumar Sangakkara   (1977-10-27)27 October 1977 (aged 34) Left-handed Right-arm off break 2011 Overseas & Captain.
Akash Bhandari   (1993-06-10)10 June 1993 (aged 18) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2011
Sneha Kishore Chikkam   (1993-12-31)31 December 1993 (aged 18) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2012
Manpreet Gony   (1984-01-04)4 January 1984 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2011
Amit Mishra   (1982-11-24)24 November 1982 (aged 29) Right-handed Right-arm leg break 2011
Anand Rajan   (1987-04-17)17 April 1987 (aged 24) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2011
Ankit Sharma   (1991-04-20)20 April 1991 (aged 20) Left-handed Slow left-arm orthodox 2011
Ishant Sharma   (1988-09-02)2 September 1988 (aged 23) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2011 Ruled out of IPL due to ankle surgery.[14]
Veer Pratap Singh   (1992-05-03)3 May 1992 (aged 19) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2012
Dale Steyn   (1983-06-27)27 June 1983 (aged 28) Right-handed Right-arm fast 2011 Overseas.
Sudhindra Taduri   (1984-04-24)24 April 1984 (aged 27) Left-handed Right-arm fast 2012 Suspended owing to the corruption allegations.[15]
Atchuta Rao Tekkami   (1986-08-21)21 August 1986 (aged 25) Left-handed Left-arm medium fast 2012
Rusty Theron   (1985-06-24)24 June 1985 (aged 26) Right-handed Right-arm medium fast 2011 Overseas.


Position Name
Owner   Deccan Chronicle
Co-owner   Gayatri Reddy
COO & Director, Operation   E. Venkatram Reddy
General Manager, Operation   Girish Dongre
Manager – Brand & Marketing   Ajitabh Rajan
Laison Manager   Malakonda Reddy
Media Coordinator   Manjula.H
Social Media and Online Communications   Kris Ankem
Brand Ambassador   Saina Nehwal, Sabyasachi Mishra, and Archita Sahu

Player salariesEdit

Nat Player Year Contract
Signed / Renewed
  Dale Steyn 2011 $1,000,000
  Cameron White 2011 $1,100,000
  Dan Christian 2011 $900,000
  Kumar Sangakkara 2011 $700,000
  Parthiv Patel 2012 $650,000
  Ishant Sharma 2011 $450,000
  JP Duminy 2011 $300,000
  Shikhar Dhawan 2011 $300,000
  Amit Mishra 2011 $300,000
  Manpreet Gony 2011 $290,000
  Darren Bravo 2012 $100,000
  Juan Theron 2011 $85,000
  Daniel Harris 2012 $70,000
  Tanmay Mishra 2012 $20,000
  Chris Lynn 2011 $20,000

Team sponsorsEdit

Team Sponsors Table
Sponsor Type Sponsor Name
Team Sponsor Fly Emirates
Principal Sponsor Jaypee Cement
Apparel Sponsor Puma AG
Print Media Partner Deccan Chronicle
Electronic Media Partner TV5
Radio Media Partner BIG FM 92.7
Magazine Partner Yo Vizag
Medical Partner Apollo Hospitals
Fan Friendzy Partner McDowell's No.1
Good Times Partner Kingfisher Premium
Mischief Partner White Mischief
Pouring Partner Coca-Cola
Motor Bike Partner TVS
Eye-Wear Partner Oakley
Ticketing Partner Ticket Genie
Outdoor Partner Ticketgenie
Entertainment Partner DNA Networks
Mobile Partner Mojostreet
Spa Partner Opium Spa
Hospitality Partner Agon Hospitality
Gym Partner Burn Fitness Port
Tablet PC Partner Muffin Innovations
Deodorant Partner Xenoh

Notable foreign players who represented Deccan ChargersEdit


Overall resultsEdit

Summary of results
Played Wins Losses Tied Win % Position
2008 14 2 12 0 14% 8/8
2009 16 9 7 0 56% 1/8
2010 16 8 8 0 50% 4/8
2011 14 6 8 0 42% 7/10
2012 15 4 11 0 26.67% 8/9
Total 75 29 46 0 38.67%
Champions League T20
2009 2 0 2 0 0% 10/12
Total 2 0 2 0 0%
Overall 77 29 48 0 37.67%

2008 IPL seasonEdit

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
1 20 April 2008 Kolkata Knight Riders Kolkata Lost by 5 wickets [1]
2 22 April 2008 Delhi Daredevils Hyderabad Lost by 9 wickets [2]
3 24 April 2008 Rajasthan Royals Hyderabad Lost by 3 wickets [3]
4 27 April 2008 Mumbai Indians Mumbai Won by 10 Wickets; MoM  Adam Gilchrist 109* (48) [4]
5 1 May 2008 Kings XI Punjab Hyderabad Lost by 7 wickets [5]
6 3 May 2008 Royal Challengers Bangalore Bangalore Lost by 3 runs [6]
7 6 May 2008 Chennai Super Kings Chennai Won by 7 wickets; MoM –   Adam Gilchrist 54 (36) [7]
8 9 May 2008 Rajasthan Royals Jaipur Lost by 8 wickets [8]
9 11 May 2008 Kolkata Knight Riders Hyderabad Lost by 23 runs [9]
10 15 May 2008 Delhi Daredevils Delhi Lost by 12 runs [10]
11 18 May 2008 Mumbai Indians Hyderabad Lost by 25 runs [11]
12 23 May 2008 Kings XI Punjab Mohali Lost by 6 wickets [12]
13 25 May 2008 Royal Challengers Bangalore Hyderabad Lost by 5 wickets [13]
14 27 May 2008 Chennai Super Kings Hyderabad Lost by 7 wickets [14]
Overall Record of 2 – 12

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 8/8

Awards, records and statisticsEdit


Award Player Year Achievement
Player of the Tournament Adam Gilchrist 2009 495 Runs and 15 dismissals
Under-23 Success of the Tournament Rohit Sharma 2009 362 runs and 11 wickets (including a hat-trick)
Purple Cap RP Singh 2009 23 Wickets
Purple Cap Pragyan Ojha 2010 21 Wickets

Results summaryEdit

Opposition Span Mat Won Lost Tied NR %
  Chennai Super Kings 2008–2012 10 4 6 0 0 40.00
  Delhi Daredevils 2008–2012 11 4 7 0 0 36.36
  Kings XI Punjab 2008–2012 10 3 7 0 0 30.00
  Kolkata Knight Riders 2008–2012 10 2 7 0 1 22.57
  Mumbai Indians 2008–2012 10 4 6 0 0 40.00
  Rajasthan Royals 2008–2012 9 2 7 0 0 22.22
  Royal Challengers Bangalore 2008–2012 11 6 5 0 0 54.54
  Kochi Tuskers Kerala 2011 1 1 0 0 0 100.00
  Pune Warriors India 2011–2012 4 3 1 0 0 75.00
Total 2008–2012 76 29 46 0 1 38.66%
Champions League T20
  Trinidad & Tobago 2009-2009 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
  Somerset Sabres 2009–2009 1 0 1 0 0 0.00
Kochi played only 14 T20s and are now defunct

Most catchesEdit

Player Span Mat Inns Ct Max Ct/Inn
Herschelle Gibbs 2008–2010 33 33 22 2 0.666
Rohit Sharma 2008–2010 45 45 22 3 0.488
Andrew Symonds 2008–2010 28 28 16 2 0.571
RP Singh 2008–2010 42 42 16 3 0.380
Ryan Harris 2009–2010 15 16 10 2 0.625
Pragyan Ojha 2008–2010 44 44 9 2 0.204
Venugopal Rao 2008–2010 33 33 7 2 0.212


  • Adam Gilchrist holds the record for Highest number of sixes hit in all the IPL matches. He has hit 54 sixes until then.
  • Gilchrist held the records for scoring the fastest hundred and fifty in IPL for the 2008 and 2009 seasons, though Yusuf Pathan broke the record for scoring the fastest century in the 2010 IPL.
  • 155 – The highest partnership for any wicket in IPL was made by Adam Gilchrist and VVS Laxman for the first wicket against Mumbai Indians.
  • Deccan Chargers did not win a single home game[At Hyderabad] in the IPL 2008 or CLT20 2009.
  • Won their first match at Hyderabad against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2011.


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