IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils skipper

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir

"I feel it was the right time", Gambhir said at a press conference.

"True, that I've stepped down from DD captaincy". Just to clarify it was my call, nothing from the management or coaching staff. No individual bigger than d team.

"We're very much in this competition".

Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has been named as Gambhir's replacement.

The franchise tweeted: "Dear #DD fans we would like to share @GautamGambhir has chosen to step down as a captain for @DelhiDaredevils a decision taken by him only". However, despite a decorated auction where Delhi chose to revamp the side yet again, this time with a proven skipper at the helm, they find themselves at the rock bottom of the table with two points after six games. Only the courageous can take call like this! For someone of his stature and cricketing record, to take a decision like this is incredible. "#TeambeforeIndividual #Respect", he said.

With the match slipping from Delhi's hand as the host were reeling at 76/5, Iyer and Rahul Tewatia (24 off 21 balls) stiched a 47-run partnership for the sixth wicket, bringing back the host back in the contest.

The team has played six matches.

As the low-scoring issue went to the final over with Delhi needing 17 runs, Iyer six off the first delivery gave Delhi a ray of hope.

Delhi next take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday in New Delhi. Six matches into the season Gambhir has made a decision to step down as the captain after the team failed to put up a decent show.

Preceding this version, Gambhir had driven Delhi once in 2010, directing them to a fifth-put wrap up. While he will most likely be unable to control Delhi to the title this time, however he is more than equipped for doing same harm with the bat.

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