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IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir steps down as DD skipper; Shreyas Iyer to lead

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 25 April 2018, 16:57 IST
Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi Daredevils captain, has stepped down as the skipper of the team.  The team has been doing consistently bad this season that may be one of the reasons behind his withdrawal from captaincy.  Gambhir played a crucial role for Kolkata Knight Riders while he was the captain there. 

Gambhir was not retained this season by KKR that led to widespread criticism for KKR.

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.

"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 addressing the media in Delhi today.

"Absolutely my decision. I was the one who initiated the meeting (with the team owners). 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.

We're very much in this competition. It was absolutely my decision, no pressure from the franchise, they've been absolutely sportive about it, sometimes when your conscience says it's the right time you just take that (call),"  who has won the IPL title twice leading KKR.

There have also been talks about Gambhir's future prospects in the air. There are speculations that he may retire soon but there has been no announcement from his side regarding the same. Yuvraj Singh announced recently that he will consider his career after the 2019 world cup. There may be similar news coming from Gautam Gambhir soon.

Delhi has lost all of its 6 matches played this season but one. They have a lot to ponder about when it comes to cricket. They have bowlers like Mohammad Shami but they have not been able to establish a formidable bowling attack against their opposition. 

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First published: 25 April 2018, 16:10 IST