Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils captain; Shreyas Iyer appointed DD skipper

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New Delhi | Updated: April 25, 2018 4:32:06 PM

Gautam Gambhir stepped down as the captain of Delhi Daredevils. Shreyas Iyer named the new skipper. (Screengrab)

IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir stepped down as Delhi Daredevils captain on Wednesday afternoon following a lean patch. 23-year-old Shreyas Iyer who has been in good form so far will be the new skipper for the Delhi-based franchise. While addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Gambhir said that it was his decision and no one asked him to step down. “It is my decision. I have not performed enough and owe the responsibility as the leader,” he said, while adding, “I believe this is the right time to step down as there is still a lot of time in the tournament.”

“Maybe I was too desparate to turn things around and that can backfire. It could be the reason. I just couldn’t handle the pressure and when you don’t do that, you have to own that up as a leader,” Gambhir said in a press conference also attended by franchise CEO Hemant Dua and coach Ricky Ponting.

“I was sitting alone and thinking, I couldn’t handle the pressure… I was not good enough and that is all,” he added.

DD have had a miserable run this IPL with losing five out of the six matches played. They are currently placed at the last spot in the lPL points table. Gambhir himself has struggled with the bat and has nothing to show for except for a half-century in the first match against Kings XI Punjab.

In six matches so far, Gautam Gambhir has scored just 85 runs. Since playing a good knock of 55 against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi’s opening match of the season in Mohali, Gambhir has registered the poor scores of DNB, 15, 8, 3 and 4 respectively.

Before this IPL, Gambhir led Delhi once in 2010, guiding them to a fifth-place finish. The former Indian batsmen returned to Delhi after his successful tenure with Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR won two IPL titles under his captaincy.

During his seven-year stay at KKR, Gambhir slammed 3035 runs and also guided them to two IPL titles. While he may not be able to guide Delhi to the title this time, but he is more than capable doing the same damage with the bat.

The 23-year-old Iyer is a top-order batsman and has scored two back-to-back fifties in losing causes. He was also present at the press conference and said that it was a great honour for him to lead DD. He said, “I want to thank the management and my coaches for appointing me as the captain of the team. It is a great honor for me.”

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