On a very surprising note, Delhi Daredevils captain Gautam Gambhir left his hot skipper seat as the captain of Delhi Daredevils. This sort of decision has been emanated from the instance after the team’s disastrous start in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), on Wednesday. Following the shocking call from the skipper end middle-order batsman, Shreyas Iyer has stepped forward to take up the reins of the team.
“It (to leave captaincy) 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 expressed at the press conference in the capital.
Why did Gambhir resign the captaincy?
Delhi is on its downfall nowadays that too finding themselves struggling at the bottom of the IPL table. Bagging only one victory in six matches under the leadership of Gambhir, Delhi again fell into the same pothole where this side ended up last every season of IPL. This year Delhi is tied with Mumbai Indians in terms of points and that too adding fuel to the fire, their net run-rate of -1.0 is less than that of the defending champions. Also, it is obvious to note that Gambhir’s form with the bat hasn’t been at per as compare to the last year for KKR. He has miserably failed to turn the fortunes of Delhi, something which he did exceedingly well during his time at Kolkata Knight Riders in previous seasons.
In six matches, Gambhir only possesses the score of just 85 runs behind his name, which also incorporates 55 that he scored against Kings XI Punjab in Delhi’s opening match of the season in Mohali. Since then, Gambhir has been struggling to find his feet in the crease. His previous scores were DNB, 15, 8, 3 and 4 respectively.
The homecoming expectation;
Prior to this edition, Gambhir did have an experience of leading Delhi once in 2010. Then he guided the Delhi side to a fifth-place finish. But after 6 years Gambhir again returned to Delhi from Kolkata for this season amidst huge fanfare with an aim to bring home the title. Even the Delhi management was also in their opinion that he is the best man to lead the new-look side. But with just six games into the season, all that talk seemed to have eroded off in thin air and the mammoth task of reigniting Delhi’s campaign has fallen on to the shoulders of a young gun.
Looking at the positive side of the game, Gambhir is back with no responsibility on his shoulder and with the pressure of captaincy off him now, he could turn as a lethal batsman which he is as we all know. Even with that stepping down endeavor, he himself threw an indication to the rest of the franchises that he might bounce back with a roar for the remainder of the season. During his seven-years of dominance at KKR, Gambhir slammed 3035 runs and also clinched two IPL titles. This year for Delhi he may not be able to guide Delhi to the title this time, but he would definitely be more than ready to do some damages with the bat.