Gambhir steps down as DD captain, and replacement is being announced

Delhi Daredevils Captain Gautam Gambhir has decided to step down from the captaincy role after losing five out of six games in the tournament so far. Shreyas Iyer will be leading the side as a replacement of Gambhir for the remainder of this IPL season.

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Gambhir who won the IPL twice with KKR as a captain 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. But the Daredevils have flattered to deceive, with the team losing five out of six games so far to be rooted to the bottom of the table.


Gambhir’s form too has been a major cause for worry, with the left-hander scoring in only single digits after a half century in the first game.

“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 while addressing the media in Delhi on Wednesday (April 25).

“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 conscious says it’s the right time you just take that (call),” two-time IPL winning captain Gambhir added.