Shreyas Iyer will lead Delhi Daredevils as Gautam Gambhir left the captaincy after amid dismal season

Shreyas Iyer will lead Delhi Daredevils as Gautam Gambhir left the captaincy after amid dismal season Gambhir has left as the captain of Delhi Daredevils after the team’s unfavorable start in the 11th edition of the IPL, on Wednesday. Young Batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as captain after Gambhir opted to vacate the hot-seat. Delhi is presently struggling at the bottom of the IPL table, having registered just one win in six matches under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir. Delhi is tied with Mumbai Indians regarding points, however, their net run-rate of -1.0 is less than that of the defending champions. Moreover, Gambhir’s form with the bat hasn’t been great either as he has struggled to change the fortunes of Delhi, something which he did exceedingly well during his time at Kolkata Knight Riders in previous seasons.

In the opening six games, Gambhir has managed to score just 85 runs, which includes an innings of 55 that he scored against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi’s opening match of the season in Mohali. Since then, Gambhir has poor scores of DNB, 15, 8, 3 and 4 respectively. Delhi Daredevils head coach Ricky Ponting, CEO Hemant Dua, outgoing captain Gambhir held a press conference at the Feroz Shah Kotla to announce the new captain of the team.

I take full responsibility for the position we are currently in. And looking at the position, I have decided to step down as DD captain. Iyer will take over the ongoing season. I still feel we have the team to turn things around this IPL,” Gambhir said while addressing the media in Delhi on Wednesday (April 25). “Definitely my decision. I was the one who started the meeting with the team owners. I thought that I hadn’t contributed enough to the team and at the same time, the performance of the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the Delhi Daredevils team. So I feel that it is the right time.

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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