The skipper of Delhi Daredevils ‘Gautam Gambhir’ stepped down from the leadership role with immediate effect owing to the team’s poor performance so far in this season of the Indian Premier League.
Delhi Daredevils is at the bottom of the league table with just one win in their first six games.
In a tweet, Gautam Gambhir said, “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.”
Shreyas Iyer will replace Gambhir as captain for the remaining matches of this edition of IPL.
Ponting praised the captain for his call. He said, “Respect Gambhir for putting the team ahead of himself.”
DD has so far lost close matches; it lost the last game off the last-ball.
The former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders captained the side for seven consecutive years that included two IPL titles, before returning to Delhi this season.
Delhi Daredevils looked a young team on paper at the time of auction and are coached by Ricky Ponting. Young guns have failed to cope with pressure owing to their inexperience.
Elite members of the team such as Glenn Maxwell, Colin Munro, Dan Christian including the captain himself too has failed to perform.
The 36-year-old batsman has managed just 85 runs in five innings, with a score of 55 against KXIP in their opening game.
Gambhir has scored 4217 runs in 152 IPL matches.
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