Gambhir steps down as DD captain: Iyer to take up the role
Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as captain of the Delhi Daredevils after the team suffered another woeful start to the IPL. According to his recommendation, the 23-year old batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as new captain.
Gambhir was bought by DD in the player auctions in January, and soon after made captain of a team that was expected to break its IPL trophy drought. But the Daredevils have flattered to deceive, with the team losing five out of six games so far to be rooted to the bottom of the table.
Gambhir’s form too has been a major cause for worry, with the left-hander scoring in only single digits after a half century in the first game.
“I take full responsibility for the position we are in. And looking at the position, I have decided to step down as captain. Iyer will take over. I still feel we have the team to turn things around this IPL,” Gambhir said while addressing the media in Delhi on Wednesday (April 25).
“Absolutely my decision. I was the one who initiated the meeting (with the team owners, No pressure from the franchise. I thought that I haven’t contributed enough and at the same time, the performance of the team… I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. So I feel that it was the right time.
Team owner Hemant Dua said Gambhir will now function as a player-mentor: “This is a decision Gautam made on his own. We salute it. He is passionate about making DD win. We are touched. There aren’t many such examples in India that a cricketer says my team comes before the individual. He will obviously be around and will mentor Shreyar into captaincy.”