Chacha Chaudhary and his aide Sabu these days are busy polishing their batting, bowling and fielding skills as they have been inducted into an IPL cricket team - the Delhi Daredevils - in a new special series of Diamond Comics.
The popular comic is featuring the duo entering the game of cricket as members of the Delhi Daredevils along with players like Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan and Kevin Pietersen.
Chacha Choudhury, who has been featured in countless comic series as one who employs his wits and the assistance of tall muscular but simpleton Sabu to fight crime, would be using the gentleman's game to outwit crooks.
"Delhi Daredevils versus Saturn Cricketers", "Delhi Daredevils versus Crookcaps" and "Delhi Daredevils versus Hurricane and Bad Boys" are the names of a few of the first titles in the series launched here recently by the the DLF Indian Premier League 2012 leader Delhi Daredevils captain Virender Sehwag.
For cartoonist Pran who created the lovable Chacha Chaudhary character Sehwag is definitely Chacha.
"Viru's mind works fast just like Chacha so for me he is Chahca," said Pran during the series launch When Sehwag was asked about Sabu and whom among the team he would pick to play the character the flamboyant skipper couldn't think of anybody else other than Kevin Pietersen.
"It's (Kevin) Pietersen! Sabu to tha par chala gaya" said Sehwag referring to the English cricketer's departure from the team. GMR Sports' Head (Marketing) Hemant Dua said introduction of a comic series was another step towards connecting with the Delhi Daredevils fans not just during the IPL season but all through the year.
"We are pleased that we will be able strengthen our bond with all those who love the Delhi Daredevils as a team and its players as individuals," he said.
Diamond Comics which have been a rave among children and adults over past 40 years have created more than 80 characters so far.
Diamond Comics Managing Director Gulshan Rai said it was exciting to launch a new series featuring the Delhi Daredevils. He emphasised that it's not just cricket Diamond comics have been featuring stories about other sports as well.
"Delhi Daredevils was the best LaunchpadÂ to offer the best entertainment to fans while the IPL fever is already in air", said Rai.
Pran, who was the first one to establish an Indian character in the world of comics and who created innumerable Diamond Comics characters like Billoo, Shrimatiji, Pinki, and Lucky, said, "It is nice to be able to bring some of these characters together with the Delhi Daredevils cricketers, who are all household names. I am sure the readers, young and old, will love the Diamond Daredevils Series."
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