IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir steps down, Shreyas Iyer appointed captain for DD

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Gautam Gambhir stepped down as captain of the Delhi Daredevils after a disastrous start to their campaign in IPL 2018.

Commenting on his decision, Gambhir said that he was not contributing to the team and being the "leader of the ship" he took the decision.

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This content is restricted to site members. "I even spoke with my wife and we decided it's best to put up your hand and take responsibility", he added. Six matches into the season Gambhir has chose to step down as the captain after the team failed to put up a decent show. Gambhir, a two-time IPL winning captain with Kolkata Knight Riders was sought to revive the teams fortunes ahead of the player draft this season.

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Like fine pottery, expectations are brittle, you press on them hard, they are bound to crack, perhaps, the expectations from Delhi Daredevils were just that: intense, pointed... perhaps, Gambhir is human too...perhaps he cracked! He wanted to play for his native side Delhi Daredevils in the last part of his career and DD who have been looking for a good leader from the very beginning welcomed him with open arms. "I still feel we have the team to turn things around this IPL".

They now languish at the bottom of the IPL 11 with one win from six matches. Gautam will be around the group and mentor Shreyas into captaincy. The move came after a series of poor scores by Gambhir, who has a brilliant record in the previous editions of the cash-rich tournament. "Respect Gambhir for putting team ahead of himself".

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"I also fully endorse Shreyas Iyer as the next captain", Ponting added. He said, "I want to thank the management and my coaches for appointing me as the captain of the team. It is a great honor for me".

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