The Delhi Daredevils began this year’s Indian Premier League with a poor start, winning just one match out of six. The team currently languishes at the bottom of the points table. Believing that he hasn’t contributed enough, DD captain Gautam Gambhir decided to step down. Shreyas Iyer will take his place and lead the team through the rest of the tournament.
True, that I’ve stepped down from DD captaincy. Just to clarify it was my call, nothing from the management or coaching staff. I may not be leading from the front but I will be the last man standing for @DelhiDaredevils. No individual bigger than d team. Very much a #DilDIlli— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) April 25, 2018
“It was absolutely my decision,” said Gambhir at a press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday. “I haven’t contributed enough. So I owe that responsibility considering where we are in the points table.”
In terms of points, Delhi is tied with the Mumbai Indians but they have a net run rate of -1.0, which is lesser than Mumbai. Gambhir’s performance with the bat hasn’t been too well either. The opener had an excellent run with the Kolkata Knight Riders but since his move to Delhi this season, he hasn’t been able to perform as well. Gambhir’s total score in the last six matches is 85, having scored 55 in the first match against Kings XI Punjab. Gambhir did not bat in the second match and scored 15, 8, 3, and 4 respectively in the following matches.
Lead KKR from 2011 to 2017 : There was no panic, no press conference, nothing from team owners or management.— Abhishek 🇮🇳 #408 #KKR 💜 (@ImAbhishek7_) April 25, 2018
Went to DD & played 6 matches : Had to step down immediately. #GautamGambhir
Common Captain... It was Not Needed..... We all know... Ur Capabilities as Captain... Its wrong.. Not saying as ur Fan but genuinely saying it— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) April 25, 2018
For me You will always remain Captain... Good luck for Rest of the matches.... #DelhiDaredevil#IPL2018 #GautamGambhir Gautam Gambhir