Delhi Daredevils (DD) are currently at the bottom of Indian Premier League (IPL) points table after losing five out of six matches this season. DD, who have not been able to qualify for a single IPL final in the past 10 seasons, had roped in Gautam Gambhir as their captain. Gambhir has led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to title win twice in the past and expectations were high for him to do it for DD this year as well. However, their inability to win matches has reflected badly on the franchise once again.
Gambhir has not been able to score freely this season. He has scored just 85 runs in five innings, including a half-century. His scores in the previous three games have been in single digits which prompted many to question his form.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted after Gambhir decided to step down from the captaincy —
खराब खेलने के बाद … pic.twitter.com/AqCpifAC5m
— vishal CSK (@Vishal_memebaaz) April 25, 2018
Gautam Gambhir kah rahe hain ki kisi ke dabaw me captaincy nahi chhodi..
DD’s owners be like : bol ye raha hai, shabd hamare hain
— Shoaib (@Shoaib100mph_) April 25, 2018
— Navaldeep Singh (@NavalGeekSingh) April 25, 2018
— Ashrar Praful (اشرار پرافول) (@AshrarAli05) April 25, 2018
Gautam Gambhir steps down as DD’s captain after a poor performance.
Mumbai Indians to Rohit Sharma : pic.twitter.com/dDvkGHluwy
— Bade Chote (@badechote) April 25, 2018
— HD (@KehKLungaa) April 25, 2018
Delhi Daredevils released Gautam Gambhir. He’s moving back to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Mid season transfer needed?
— Amu #KXIP (@amuyuvi) April 25, 2018
Fir to Rohit sharma ko b MI ki captaincy shod deni chaiye…. At least back ur players…. U want instant results…. Want to be champion Within a night
— Tony Bal (@Tonybal13) April 25, 2018
Gautam Gambhir steps down as the Captain of @DelhiDaredevils
People be like pic.twitter.com/n2r185AOYK
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) April 25, 2018
@GautamGambhir scored just 1 run in the first 4 matches of IPL 2014. KKR too didn’t do well.
From such a position, he lead KKR to winning the title.
GG isn’t someone who quits in the middle of a tournament. He was forced to do so@DelhiDaredevils
— Naseer (@BeingYuvNaseer) April 25, 2018
Aakash bhai… Mai Mann nhi skta ki ye inki apni decision hai… Mjhse Behtar aap inko jaante hai…. Nvr Giveup attitude hai inka…..
Bhale he Naam naa le Koi, par dil he dil mai Sacchai Sabko pata hai…#DelhiDaredevil #GautamGambhir https://t.co/ItzSVBYxoh
— Rohit Jaiswal (@rohitjswl01) April 25, 2018
— Kranthi Kiran (@Kinnukiran7777) April 25, 2018
It’s not your fault sir
DD team hi panauti hai
— Intellectual Mafia (@bewda_19) April 25, 2018
KKR m vapis aa jao bhai
— ज़ीरो (@its_jatin17) April 25, 2018
Gambhirites after Gautam Gambhir was replaced by Shreyas Iyer as DD captain – pic.twitter.com/k3aYDSQ96w
— The Joker (@cooljalz1808) April 25, 2018
Shreyas Iyer will be leading the DD side now. Iyer has been in good form this season with the bat, alongside Rishabh Pant. He almost led DD to a win against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the previous match on their home ground, which turned out to be a low-scoring affair. The 23-year-old has scored 141 runs in six innings, including two consecutive half-centuries.
DD’s mentor Ricky Ponting was present at the press conference too. Gambhir took the responsibility for DD’s inefficiency to win matches.