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GAUTAM GAMBHIR STEPS DOWN AS DD CAPTAIN!

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.


A dejected Gautam Gambhir, failing to get runs as well as wins for his team
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."
Gambhir leading the Delhi Daredevils side on the pitch against the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018
"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.

Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles, returned to his first franchise as captain for the current season but the results have not been what the owners would have desired. The 36-year-old has so far managed 85 runs in five innings, of which 55 came in Daredevils' first game. Since then, his scores are 8, 3 and 4. His season strike-rate of 96.59 is higher than only Colin Munro (66), Daniel Christian (79.16) and Vijay Shankar (90).

Gambhir is the IPL's fourth-highest run-getter with 4217 from 152 innings and is credited with turning around KKR's fortunes with his innovative captaincy, crucial batting and selection of certain uncapped Indian and experienced overseas players, but whether he makes the Daredevils' playing XI now that he is not captain remains to be seen.