Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as the captain of Delhi Daredevils after a weak campaign that has left the team at the bottom of the Indian Premier League 2018 table. Shreyas Iyer will replace the former Kolkata Knight Riders skipper and lead the franchise for the remaining campaign of IPL 11.
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 my decision. I haven’t contributed enough to the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. I feel it was the right time,” Gambhir said in a press conference. “I take full responsibility for the position we are in. And looking at the position, I have decided to step down as captain. Shreyas Iyer will take over. I still feel we have the team to turn things around this,” he added.
Shreyas Iyer, who was also present at the press conference, said that it was a great honour for him to lead DD. He said, “I am really loving the responsibility. I love facing challenges. It is a great opportunity to prove myself and take the team to the highest level possible. 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.”
.@GautamGambhir steps down as captain of DD.
Shreyas Iyer will be taking over the reigns as captain!
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 25, 2018
Top-order batsman Gambhir returned to the Delhi franchise after a seven-season stint with Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir led KKR to two victorious campaigns in 2012 and 2014. However, the franchise released him ahead of this year’s auction and didn’t bid for him either.
Gambhir was KKR’s leading run-getter with 3345 runs in 122 matches.