IPL 2018: 'Coming Back To Delhi Was Emotional Decision,' Gautam Gambhir After Quitting DD Captaincy

IPL 2018: Gautam Gambhir was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.8 Crore during IPL players' auction in January this year

Gautam Gambhir left all his fans stunned after he announced that he would step down from Delhi Daredevils (DD) captaincy during a press conference at Ferozshah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on April 25. Top-order batsman Shreyas Iyer will step into Gambhir’s shoes now.

Gambhir took this decision after the Delhi franchise lost five of their six matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 season, languishing at the bottom of the points table.

While addressing the media, Gambhir said that it was his personal decision and there was no pressure from the franchise.

“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 said at the press conference.

Gambhir, who was bought by the Delhi franchise for R 2.8 Crore during IPL players’ auction this year, also said, “The bell started ringing after the last match which Delhi should have won.”

The Delhi lad, who played for his home state before he joined Kolkata Knight Riders, also said that leaving KKR and coming back to Delhi was an emotional decision for him.

“Coming back to Delhi was an emotional decision. It was my emotional homecoming and sometimes when get better of you and then you so desperate to turn things around it can actually backfire sometimes,” Gambhir told the media.

“From here in, I will be setting individual goals and hope we turn things around,” he added.

Gambhir, however, will be available for selection.

Delhi will next face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on April 27 at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium. Delhi needs to win every match now if they want to secure their berth in qualifiers.