The GMR Group successfully bid the Delhi franchise of the Indian Premier
League (IPL) in a closely-contested auction conducted by the Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008. The GMR Group had marked its presence
earlier in the Capital by modernizing and restructuring of the Indira Gandhi
International Airport. Delhi franchise of IPL is an extension of its commitment
to build social assets in the National Capital Region (NCR).
Keeping in tune with the passion, fighting spirit and dynamism of the people of
the celebrated city of Delhi, GMR Sports Pvt Ltd, had named its team Delhi
Daredevils. GMR Sports Pvt Ltd will continue to reflect the spirit of Delhi.
In 2013, Delhi Daredevils played two IPL matches in its second home city,
Raipur, at the invitation of the Government of Chhattisgarh. In the six seasons
it has participated so far, the team has made it to the semi-finals in 2008 and
2009 IPL, and to the playoffs of IPL and to the semi-finals of the Champions
League Twenty20 in 2012.
GMR Sports Pvt Ltd believes that sports in general and cricket in particular
provides an important connect with the community at large. Promoting and
nurturing potential talent at the grass-root level in around the Capital has
been its social objective. As custodian of the Delhi Daredevils, the GMR Sports
Pvt Ltd dedicates itself to promoting the game.
The Daredevils School Cup, launched in NCR in 2012, is one such initiative. A
number of boys were selected from there for a special camp and to be
nets-bowlers for the Delhi Daredevils in 2013. The Dare to Care initiative in
partnership with UNICEF was aimed at creating awareness on issues faced by
adolescent girls in India.