Gambhir walks the Ponting way as he steps down from Delhi Daredevils captaincy to make way for Shreyas Iyer

Following a streak of failures, both individually and as a Captain, Gautam Gambhir has decided to step down from the Delhi Daredevils captaincy and pass on the baton to youngster Shreyas Iyer.

One of the most successful IPL Captains, Gautam Gambhir who led his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders to twin title victories, seems to have lost his magic touch in the fag end of his career. With scores of 55, 15, 8, 3 and 4 in his last five IPL innings respectively, Gamhir had failed to give his side the much required start at the top of the order.

Moreover, having lost 5 of their 6 matches, DD are left languishing at the bottom of the points table and only a miracle could see them qualify to the playoffs.

On those very lines, the veteran opener stated that it was the right time for him to step down. "I take full responsibility for where we are at the points table. I thought I hadn't done enough. I needed to take the responsibility as a leader. I felt this was the right time because we still have a chance." Gambhir said.

Denying rumors that there was any pressure from the owners or the team management on him to quit captaincy, the southpaw said, "Absolutely my decision. I was the one who initiated the meeting (with the team owners). I thought that I haven't contributed enough and at the same time, the performance of the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. So I feel that it was the right time.

Gambhir’s  decision brings back memories from 2013 when the current DD coach and the then Captain of the Mumbai Indians Ricky Ponting stepped down from captaincy and later decided to bench himself after continued failures in 6 games.

"Having been in the same situation many years ago, [I know it is] tough decision to make... to put their hand up and say his performance has not been good enough. I would like to congratulate him for having put the team ahead of himself,” Ponting said.

Stressing on the need to keep Shreyas Iyer free from added pressure Punter added, "It's my job, it's Gautam's job and it's all the players' job to make Shreyas's job as easy as possible on the field… We want to have a nice and relaxed environment, sure things are getting tougher for us, but it's just a great challenge that we've got and with a new young captain, we're all excited to see how it works out for us in the next few weeks."

Mumbai Ranji Trophy batsman Shreyas Iyer, who would take charge for the remainder of the IPL 2018 becomes the eleventh player to lead Daredevils in the IPL. Appreciating the faith that the franchise has shown in him Iyer said, "I just got the news today afternoon and I wasn't thinking much about it. I'm really loving the responsibility they've put upon me and also the faith they've shown 

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