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Gambhir quits as Delhi Daredevils' captain, to play for free?

26 April 2018

Kolkata: Having relinquished captaincy of Delhi Daredevils, Gautam Gambhir has chose to forego his entire Rs 2.8 crore salary while taking responsibility for the team's disastrous run in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Meanwhile, Gambhir took to Twitter and clarified that the decision to quit captaincy was his personal and doesn't involve team management. 23-year-old Shreyas Iyer is a top-order batsman and has scored two back-to-back half centuries in losing causes. His team is occupying last spot on the table with one win after six matches. Sometimes you realise that maybe I just couldn't handle the pressure which came with the position I was given. "If I can axe teammates for their failures, how can I continue to be in the team without contributing to justify my roles?" "I think it's a great honour", he said. We still have a lot of potential as a team to win the tournament. In the first three seasons with Delhi Daredevils, his hometown franchise, Gambhir reached the semifinals twice.

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Gambhir said it was entirely his decision to step down as captain after his poor performance. Gambhir's total score in the last six matches is 85, having scored 55 in the first match against Kings XI Punjab.

Gambhir had returned to the Daredevils set-up after seven years with Kolkata Knight Riders in the hopes of giving back to his home city.

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Gambhir will mentor the side, but it is only likely to increase the pressure on Shreyas Iyer and Ponting. Of course, it doesn't help matters that Ponting is in the Daredevils' camp and there has been ample talk about how Gambhir has been nudged (or pushed) into making this decision. "I take full responsibility", he said, while addressing the press at the Feroz Shah Kotla. His personal struggles didn't mean that he took his eyes off the ball. I needed to take the responsiblity as a leader.

Before being appointed the regular skipper of RCB, Kohli was handed over the reigns in 2012 when the management chose to strip Daniel Vettori of the captaincy owing to his poor form.

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What if Gambhir indeed heard the voice in his head and made a decision to step down, an unprecedented move for an "Indian" captain in the IPL? Gambhir will, however, remain a part of the team. "Mine, Gautam's job and all the players' job to make Shreyas's job easier", Ponting added.

Gambhir quits as Delhi Daredevils' captain, to play for free?