The Englishman will lead Delhi in the 2014 tournament.
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has been named Delhi Daredevils captain for the upcoming IPL 7 season in 2014.
Pietersen takes over from Mahela Jayawardene and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will be the 33-year-old’s deputy.
The South African-born cricketer first joined the Daredevils in 2012 after previously playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and has a formidable reputation in Twenty20 cricket.
Pietersen was named Man of the Tournament when the Three Lions won the World T20 in 2010 and is also expected to play a big part for Delhi this year – after missing the entire 2013 season due to a knee injury.
“I feel incredibly honoured to have been asked to captain the Delhi Daredevils in this year’s IPL,” the Englishman was quoted by The Hindu.
“I am very much looking forward to working alongside Gary Kirsten. We have a fantastic squad with a good blend of youth and experience and a brilliant coaching set up.
“We hope to bring our incredible fans a lot of happiness this season.”
Alongside former Proteas coach Kirsten, Pietersen will be looking to help Delhi re-find their form in the IPL after they finished bottom of the table last term.
The batting star has been in the headlines a lot in 2014 after being controversially sacked by the England national team following their disappointing Ashes series in Australia.
Many still consider Pietersen to be the country’s best player and there is no doubting the class the Surrey man will bring to the Daredevils as both a batsman and skipper.