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IPL 2018 : Gautam Gambhir Steps Down As Delhi Daredevils Skipper, Shreyas Iyer In The Hot Seat

Picture Courtesy : Times Now
Picture Courtesy : Times Now

Experienced left- hander Gautam Gambhir stepped down from Delhi Daredevils (DD) captaincy. Shreyas Iyer will lead the side for the rest of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) season.  Gambhir’s  move comes after the team has failed to click in IPL 2018 . Delhi are at the eighth spot in points table with just one win in six matches. They are lying  below the Mumbai Indians.

Gambhir, the two-time IPL champion captain ( 2012 , 2014) had shifted to the Delhi franchise this season after seven years of successful run with the Kolkata Knight Riders.

“It was absolutely my decision,” said Gambhir at a press conference in New Delhi . “I haven’t contributed enough. So I owe that responsibility considering where we are in the points table.”

DD  will have to win at least 7 out of the remaining eight games left to nurture any hopes of making it to the play- offs stage. It looks a daunting task as of now.

Gambhir himself had struggled with the bat . Barring his 55 in the opening match against the Kings XI Punjab he has failed to fire at the top. He  has aggregated only  85 in six matches, averaging just 17.  Hopefully , without the pressures of captaincy he can turn around his and team’s IPL 2018 fortunes.

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