Gautam Gambhir, on Wednesday, has quit as the captain of the IPL (Indian Premier League) side Delhi Daredevils, in the ongoing tournament. The decision came in the wake of Delhi’s poor run in the league. The team has lost 5 out of its 6 games thus far and needs to win the majority of its next eight games to be in with a chance of qualifying for the playoffs.
The southpaw said that it was his call and neither the management nor the coaching staff had anything to do with it. Daredevils Coach Ricky Ponting and CEO Hemant Dua were also present at the conference. Gambhir told that he felt that this was the right time as they still have a chance to win. Shreyas Iyer has been announced as the new skipper of the franchise
The left-handed batsman led Kolkata Knight Riders in past few seasons and was bought by the Daredevils franchise at this year’s player auction at a price of Rs 2.80 crore.
Holding himself accountable for a slump his batting form as well, Gautam Gambhir has also decided to give up his salary.his would be the first time in the record that an IPL Captain has taken such a drastic step. He told that he will play the remaining part of the season for free.
Addressing the issue, Ponting, appreciated Gambhir for figuring out what was a “tough decision”. He also said that Gautam deserves a lot of credit for the way he has responded to the whole situation.