IPL 2018

Gambhir steps down as DD captain, Shreyas Iyer to lead

Gambhir steps down as DD captain, Shreyas Iyer to lead

Gautam Gambhir, the Delhi Daredevils captain, has decided to step down from his post. Shreyas Iyer will take over from Gambhir for the remainder of IPL 2018.

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. 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.

RankTeamMatWonLostNet RRPoints
1Q Sunrisers Hyderabad1495+0.28418
2Q Chennai Super Kings1495+0.25318
3Q Kolkata Knight Riders1486-0.07016
4Q Rajasthan Royals1477-0.24614
5Mumbai Indians1468+0.31712
6Royal Challengers Bangalore1468+0.12912
7Kings XI Punjab1468-0.50212
8Delhi Daredevils1459-0.22210

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

Ricky Ponting, the DD coach who had himself stepped down as captain of Mumbai Indians during the 2013 season, said Iyer would not be under any kind of pressure.

“It’s my job, it’s Gautam’s job and it’s all the players’ job to make Shreyas’s job as easy as possible on the field. There are a couple of training days before the game comes around and it’s our job as coaches to make sure they train hard and train well and are prepared for what’s going to come in the game. A big part of coaching is to make sure that captain has got everything he needs to be well prepared for the challenge.

“There’s no extra pressure on Shreyas at all. He’s going to play the way he’s been playing. He’s been playing terrifically well and that’s what we want to create around our team. We want to have a nice and relaxed environment, sure things are getting tougher for us, but it’s just a great challenge that we’ve got and with a new young captain, we’re all excited to see how it works out for us in the next few weeks,” Ponting added.

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