MUMBAI: Gautam Gambhir has stepped down as captain of the Delhi Daredevils after the team went through another woeful start to the IPL. The 23-year old batsman Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as his successor, reported Cricinfo.
Daredevils had won only one out of six matches in 2018 and were at the bottom of the points table when Gambhir addressed a press conference in Delhi to announce his decision. He has also been in poor form personally, scoring 85 runs from five innings.
“I take full responsibility for where we are at the points table,” Gambhir said.
Gambhir had returned to the Daredevils set up after seven years with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the hopes of giving back to his home city. However, after a half-century in his first game back, his batting has faded away with opposition teams honing in on a weakness against pace.
Daredevils might also have felt a change was needed after the outcome of their most recent game. Having restricted a powerful Kings XI Punjab line-up for only 143, their batting malfunctioned rather badly resulting in a loss by four runs.