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Shocking: Gautam Gambhir steps down as Delhi Daredevils captain

[caption id="attachment_66007" align="aligncenter" width="580"]DD Gautam Gambhir steps down as the captain of Delhi Daredevils. Image Source: twitter[/caption]

XtraTime Web Desk: After a poor show by the team in the ongoing Indian Premier League season 11, Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir today stepped down as the captain of the side and Shreyas Iyer will take charge of the side with immediate effect. Though Gambhir will be a part of the side as a player. Delhi is at the bottom of the points table with only one win in five matches.

"May be I was too desperate to turn things around and that can backfire. It could be the reason.

I just couldn't handle the pressure and when you don't do that, you have to own that up as a leader," Gambhir said in a press conference also attended by franchise CEO Hemant Dua and coach  Ricky Ponting.

"I was sitting alone and thinking, I couldn't handle the pressure... I was not good enough and that is all," he added.

The 23-year-old Iyer is a top-order batsman and has scored two back-to-back half centuries in losing causes.

He also made it clear on twitter that it was his personal decision and nobody has forced him for this.

True, that I’ve stepped down from DD captaincy. Just to clarify it was my call, nothing from the management or coaching staff. I may not be leading from the front but I will be the last man standing for @DelhiDaredevils. No individual bigger than d team. Very much a #DilDIlli,” said Gambhir.

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