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Gautam Gambhir has decided to step down as captain of the Delhi Daredevils and will be succeeded by Shreyas Iyer.
Gambhir was bought by the Daredevils for INR 2.8 crores at the IPL auction in January and handed the captaincy prior to the start of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, his side are currently languishing at the bottom of the IPL standings as they have won just one of their six games.
Dwelling further on why he decided to resign, Gambhir was quoted by the Daredevils’ website as saying: “I feel that it’s time to step down, and I’ve announced Shreyas Iyer as the next captain. I think that is the way forward for the franchise. We all think that he will do a very good job and we think he’s the right man to take this franchise and this team forward.”
Sharing his views on Gambhir’s decision, Daredevils head coach Ricky Ponting said: “I’d like to definitely say well done and congratulations on Gautam for putting the team ahead of his own individual thoughts. It takes and shows a lot of great character.
“Having been in the same situation myself a number of years ago, obviously it’s a tough decision for anybody to make, to put their hand up and say that they think their performances haven’t been good enough.”
Ponting also admitted that he is confident Iyer will help turn the team’s fortunes around.
“I also fully endorse Shreyas Iyer as our next captain,” he said. “He’s obviously a terrific young player. He’s a terrific young man that I see as having a huge future in the game and a huge future as the leader of the Delhi Daredevils.”
Iyer conceded that he is excited about taking over as captain, but insisted that he is determined to help the Daredevils fight back from their disappointing start to this year’s IPL.
“Firstly, I would like to thank the management and the coaches and Gauti Bhai for selecting me as the captain. I think it’s a great honour,” he said. “We have eight games in our hand, and there are lots of us who still believe we can do something great. I don’t see any negative thoughts coming onto my mind.”