In this article, cross-shaped metallic parasitic strips based two radiator element multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) dielectric resonator antenna (DRA) is excited by quadrature wave transformer microstrip feedline, designed, simulated and fabricated for ultra-wideband (UWB) applications. The proposed MIMO antenna structure is implemented with the help of two rectangular-shaped radiator elements that supports three modes HE 11 δ , HE 21 δ , and HE 12 δ at 4.4, 8.3, 10.8 GHz respectively. These fundamental and higher-order modes are supported to wide impedance bandwidth. Inverted T-shaped metallic strip and ground stub to improve the impedance bandwidth 104.6% (3.3–10.8 GHz) with 5.7 dBi peak gain, to enhance the coupling coefficient by stub, scissor-shaped defected ground structure and cross-shaped metallic parasitic strips are used in the existed structure. The MIMO diversity parameters are implemented as simulated ECC ≤ 0.003, DG ≥ 9.98 dB, and CCL ≤ 0.68. All the obtained MIMO antenna parameters are within the acceptable limit for providing high data rate for UWB applications.