IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils skipper

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After a poor start in the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, senior Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir on Wednesday made a decision to step down as the captain of the team. The former Kolkata Knight Riders captain had requested the two-time Champions not to retain him at the mega-auctions expressing his desire to captain his hometown for the 2018 season.

Daredevils coach Ricky Ponting, CEO Hemant Dua, outgoing captain Gambhir held a press conference at the Feroz Shah Kotla to announce the new captain of the team.

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Gautam Gambhir has stepped down from the post of DD captain. I may not be leading from the front but I will be the last man standing for @DelhiDaredevils.

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Gambhir said it was entirely his decision to step down as captain after his poor performance.

Delhi Daredevils have slid to last in the table.

In six matches, Gambhir has figured out how to score only 85 runs, which incorporates 55 that he scored against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi's opening match of the season in Mohali.

Needing 144 to win, Delhi failed to build partnerships on regular intervals and ended up losing the match by four runs despite Shreyas Iyer's valiant 45-ball 57.

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When asked about his thoughts on his immediate future with the Daredevils, Gambhir said: "It's too early for me to decide on that".

Gambhir added that he was "taking responsibility being the leader of the ship" and said that his successor Iyer "will do a very good job" as the captain. No individual bigger than d team.

"I just got the news today afternoon, I wasn't thinking much about it".

To the extent Gambhir is concerned - with the weight of captaincy off him now - he will look turn his conform to for the great and get among the keeps running for the rest of the season. "I'll make sure the guys work hard and are well prepared", he added.

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