IPL 2018: Gambhir steps down as DD skipper, Iyer to take over


NEW DELHI, April 25: Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as captain of Delhi Daredevils with immediate effect, six matches into another disappointing IPL season for the GMR-owned franchise.
Shreyas Iyer has been named skipper of the struggling Daredevils who – coming off the 2017 IPL season in which they finished sixth on the points table with six wins from 14 games – again face a very tough road ahead to qualify for the play-offs. They currently languish at the bottom of the IPL 11 leaderboard with one win from six matches.
Speaking during a press conference on Wednesday at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Gambhir said: “It was my decision. I haven’t contributed enough to the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. I feel it was the right time.”
“May be I was too desperate to turn things around and that can backfire. It could be the reason. I just couldn’t handle the pressure and when you don’t do that, you have to own that up as a leader,” Gambhir added.
The press briefing was also attended by franchise CEO Hemant Dua and coach Ricky Ponting.
“I want to thank the management and my coaches for appointing me as the captain of the team. It is a great honour for me,” Iyer said after being appointed as the captain of DD. (TNN)