Surprising news came in that Gautam Gambhir steps down as Captain from the Delhi Daredevils camp yesterday. Owing to his poor performances in this year’s Indian Premier League, Gambhir said in a statement that he felt it was right for him to relinquish the captaincy. The news came as a shocker for Delhi Daredevils’ supporters who felt that despite a poor run of form which has seen them register just one win from six this season, Gambhir was the right man to get them out of this slump and back to winning ways.
Already troubled with their performances this season, the Delhi Daredevils unit is definite to be in more turmoil after Gautam Gambhir steps down as Captain as he is considered to be one of the best captains in the IPL. Voicing his concerns over the team’s poor run Gambhir felt a change was needed at the top to shake things around for the capital team. While many have backed Gambhir in his decision, calling it courageous and bold to take such a step, things are far from what they seem to be. Known as an extremely competitive man, one who has always faced an adversary in the face and taken on any challenge thrown to him, Gambhir has never come across as the man and player to shy away from a difficult situation. This has made cricket pundits and lovers the world over the question if the move was really Gambhir’s decision or one forced upon him by coach Ricky Ponting and the team management. With Ponting’s thirst was complete control over a team famous the world over, many are clear in their opinion of how events really conspired. What now remains to be seen is if the team management which sees many Australians in it will bench Glen Maxwell who has had an utterly disappointing season.
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Gautam Gambhir meanwhile tried to clarify things from his side, saying the decision was him and his only. The captaincy is now handed to youngster Shreyas Iyer who was suggested by Gambhir. In a move that speaks volumes about the man’s character, Gambhir also said that we would play the rest of the IPL for free, letting go of his match fees, proving that he shall always remain a true Delhi boy.
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.” Now after Gautam Gambhir steps down as Captain, will Delhi team perform better?