Deccan Chargers

Hyderabad Deccan Chargers
Owner Deccan Chronicle
Team information
City Hyderabad, Telangana
Founded 2008
Dissolved 2012
Home ground
IPL wins 1 (2009)
CLT20 wins 0

The Deccan Chargers, or Hyderabad Deccan Chargers, known in short as DC, was a cricket franchise 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.

The owners put the franchise up for sale in 2012 but declined the sole bid. On 14 September 2012, the 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 history

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 termination

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 League

2008 season


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 season

New administration and support staff

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 signings

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 season

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

New signing

Foreign inclusions
Domestic inclusions
Contracts bought out


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.

2011 season

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 signings

Foreign inclusions
Indian players inclusions


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 season

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

New signings and tradings

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 acquired

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 out

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 Twenty20

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 season

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



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 salaries

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 sponsors

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 Chargers


South Africa


Sri Lanka

New Zealand


West Indies

Overall results

Summary of results
PlayedWinsLossesTiedWin %Position
2008 14212014%8/8
2009 1697056%1/8
2010 1688050%4/8
2011 1468042%7/10
2012 15411026.67%8/9
Total 752946038.67%
Champions League T20
2009 20200%10/12
Total 20200%
Overall 772948037.67%

2008 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
120 April 2008Kolkata Knight RidersKolkataLost by 5 wickets
222 April 2008Delhi DaredevilsHyderabadLost by 9 wickets
324 April 2008Rajasthan RoyalsHyderabadLost by 3 wickets
427 April 2008Mumbai IndiansMumbaiWon by 10 Wickets; MoM Adam Gilchrist 109* (48)
51 May 2008Kings XI PunjabHyderabadLost by 7 wickets
63 May 2008Royal Challengers BangaloreBangaloreLost by 3 runs
76 May 2008Chennai Super KingsChennaiWon by 7 wickets; MoM – Adam Gilchrist 54 (36)
89 May 2008Rajasthan RoyalsJaipurLost by 8 wickets
911 May 2008Kolkata Knight RidersHyderabadLost by 23 runs
1015 May 2008Delhi DaredevilsDelhiLost by 12 runs
1118 May 2008Mumbai IndiansHyderabadLost by 25 runs
1223 May 2008Kings XI PunjabMohaliLost by 6 wickets
1325 May 2008Royal Challengers BangaloreHyderabadLost by 5 wickets
1427 May 2008Chennai Super KingsHyderabadLost by 7 wickets
Overall Record of 2 – 12

Failed to make Semifinals, ended 8/8

2009 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
119 April 2009Kolkata Knight RidersCape TownWon by 8 wickets; MoM R. P. Singh 4/22 (3.4 overs)
222 April 2009Royal Challengers BangaloreCape TownWon by 24 Runs; MoM – Adam Gilchrist – 71 (45)
325 April 2009Mumbai IndiansDurbanWon by 12 Runs; MoM – Pragyan Ojha 3/21 (4 Overs)
427 April 2009Chennai Super KingsDurbanWon by 6 wickets; MoM – H Gibbs 69* (56 )
530 April 2009Delhi DaredevilsCenturionLost by 6 wickets
62 May 2009Rajasthan RoyalsPort ElizabethLost by 3 wickets
74 May 2009Chennai Super KingsEast LondonLost by 78 runs
86 May 2009Mumbai IndiansCenturionWon by 19 Runs; MoM – Rohit Sharma 38 (36), 4/6 (2 overs)
99 May 2009Kings XI PunjabKimberleyLost by 3 Wickets
1011 May 2009Rajasthan RoyalsKimberleyWon by 53 runs; MoM – Dwayne Smith 47 (32)
1113 May 2009Delhi DaredevilsDurbanLost by 12 runs
1216 May 2009Kolkata Knight RidersJohannesburgWon by 6 wickets; MoM – Rohit Sharma 32* (13)
1317 May 2009Kings XI PunjabJohannesburgLost by 1 run
1421 May 2009Royal Challengers BangaloreCenturionLost by 12 runs
1522 May 2009 (Semi final)Delhi DaredevilsCenturionWon by 6 wickets; MoM – Adam Gilchrist – 85 (35)
1624 May 2009 (Final)Royal Challengers BangaloreJohannesburgWon by 6 runs
Overall Record of 9 – 7

Champions of the 2009 Indian Premier League

Qualified for 2009 Champions League Twenty20

2009 Champions League Twenty20

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
110 October 2009 SomersetHyderabadLost by 1 wicket
214 October 2009 Trinidad and TobagoHyderabadLost by 3 runs
Overall Record of 0 – 2

Failed to make League stage

2010 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
112 March 2010Kolkata Knight RidersNavi MumbaiLost by 11 Runs
214 March 2010Chennai Super KingsChennaiWon by 31 Runs; MoM Chaminda Vaas 4/21 (4 overs)
319 March 2010Kings XI PunjabCuttackWon by 6 Runs; MoM – Andrew Symonds 53 (38), 1/22 (4 overs)
421 March 2010Delhi DaredevilsCuttackWon by 10 Runs; MoM – Andrew Symonds 35 (24), 3/21 (4 overs)
526 March 2010Rajasthan RoyalsAhmedabadLost by 8 wickets
628 March 2010Mumbai IndiansNavi MumbaiLost by 41 Runs
71 April 2010Kolkata Knight RidersKolkataLost by 24 Runs
83 April 2010Mumbai IndiansMumbaiLost by 63 Runs
95 April 2010Rajasthan RoyalsNagpurLost by 2 Runs
108 April 2010Royal Challengers BangaloreBangaloreWon by 7 wickets; MoM – Tirumalasetti Suman 78 (57)
1110 April 2010Chennai Super KingsNagpurWon by 6 wickets; MoM – Ryan Harris 3/18 (4 overs)
1212 April 2010Royal Challengers BangaloreNagpurWon by 13 runs; MoM – Harmeet Singh 2/24 (4 overs)
1315 April 2010Kings XI PunjabDharamsalaWon by 5 wickets; MoM – Rohit Sharma 68* (38)
1418 April 2010Delhi DaredevilsDelhiWon by 11 Runs; MoM – Andrew Symonds 54 (30)
1522 April 2010 (Semi-final)Chennai Super KingsNavi MumbaiLost by 38 Runs
1624 April 2010 (3rd Place Play-off)Royal Challengers BangaloreNavi MumbaiLost by 9 Wickets
Overall Record of 8 – 8

Failed to make Finals and ended 4/8

2011 IPL season

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
19 April 2011Rajasthan RoyalsHyderabadLost by 8 wickets
211 April 2011Kolkata Knight RidersKolkataLost by 9 runs
314 April 2011Royal Challengers BangaloreHyderabadWon by 33 runs; MoM – Dale Steyn 3/24 (4 overs)
416 April 2011Kings XI PunjabHyderabadLost by 8 wickets
519 April 2011Delhi DaredevilsDelhiWon by 16 Runs; MoM – Sunny Sohal 62 (41)
624 April 2011Mumbai IndiansHyderabadLost by 37 Runs
727 April 2011Kochi Tuskers KeralaKochiWon by 55 runs; MoM – Ishant Sharma 5/12 (3 overs)
81 May 2011Chennai Super KingsChennaiLost by 19 Runs
93 May 2011Kolkata Knight RidersHyderabadLost by 20 runs
105 May 2011Delhi DaredevilsHyderabadLost by 4 wickets
1110 May 2011Pune Warriors IndiaHyderabadLost by 6 wickets
1214 May 2011Mumbai IndiansMumbaiWon by 10 runs; MoM – Amit Mishra 18* (6), 1/18 (4 overs)
1316 May 2011Pune Warriors IndiaNavi MumbaiWon by 6 wickets; MoM – Amit Mishra 2/26 (4 overs)
1421 May 2011Kings XI PunjabDharamsalaWon by 82 runs; MoM – S Dhawan 95* (57)
Overall Record of 6 – 8

Failed to make it to Playoffs, ended 7/10

2012 IPL season

Due to the disbanding of Kochi Tuskers Kerala, each team will play the remaining eight teams twice, once at home and once away. Therefore, each team will play 16 matches.

No. Date Opponent Venue Result Scorecard
17 April 2012Chennai Super KingsVisakhapatnamLost by 74 Runs
29 April 2012Mumbai IndiansVisakhapatnamLost by 5 wickets
317 April 2012Rajasthan RoyalsJaipurLost by 5 wickets
419 April 2012Delhi DaredevilsNew DelhiLost by 5 wickets
522 April 2012Kolkata Knight RidersCuttackLost by 5 wickets
624 April 2012Kolkata Knight RidersKolkataMatch abandoned without a ball bowled
726 April 2012Pune Warriors IndiaPuneWon by 18 runs; MoM – Cameron White 78 (46)
829 April 2012Mumbai IndiansMumbaiLost by 5 wickets
91 May 2012Pune Warriors IndiaCuttackWon by 13 runs; MoM – Kumar Sangakkara 82 (52)
104 May 2012Chennai Super KingsChennaiLost by 10 runs
116 May 2012Royal Challengers BangaloreBangaloreLost by 5 Wickets
128 May 2012Kings XI PunjabHyderabadLost by 25 runs
1310 May 2012Delhi DaredevilsHyderabadLost by 9 wickets
1413 May 2012Kings XI PunjabMohaliLost by 4 wickets
1518 May 2012Rajasthan RoyalsHyderabadWon by 5 wickets; MoM – Dale Steyn 2/16 (4 overs)
1620 May 2012Royal Challengers BangaloreHyderabadWon by 9 runs; MoM – Dale Steyn 3/8 (4 overs)
Overall Record of 4 – 11 (one match abandoned due to rain)

Failed to make it to Playoffs, ended 8/9

Awards, records and statistics


Player of the TournamentAdam Gilchrist2009495 Runs and 15 dismissals
Under-23 Success of the TournamentRohit Sharma2009362 runs and 11 wickets (including a hat-trick)
Purple CapRP Singh200923 Wickets
Purple CapPragyan Ojha201021 Wickets

Results summary

Chennai Super Kings2008–201210460040.00
Delhi Daredevils2008–201211470036.36
Kings XI Punjab2008–201210370030.00
Kolkata Knight Riders2008–201210270122.57
Mumbai Indians2008–201210460040.00
Rajasthan Royals2008–20129270022.22
Royal Challengers Bangalore2008–201211650054.54
Kochi Tuskers Kerala201111000100.00
Pune Warriors India2011–20124310075.00
Total 2008–2012 76 29 46 0 1 38.66%
Champions League T20
Trinidad & Tobago2009-2009101000.00
Somerset Sabres2009–2009101000.00
Kochi played only 14 T20s and are now defunct

Most catches

Herschelle Gibbs2008–201033332220.666
Rohit Sharma2008–201045452230.488
Andrew Symonds2008–201028281620.571
RP Singh2008–201042421630.380
Ryan Harris2009–201015161020.625
Pragyan Ojha2008–20104444920.204
Venugopal Rao2008–20103333720.212


  • 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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