Struggling with the bat and as the captain, Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir has thrown a big question to himself. “If I can axe teammates for their failures, how can I continue to be in the team without contributing to justify my roles?”
Gambhir’s reached the conclusion to answer with an unprecedented, exemplary deed. The man “who was pleased to be back home with Delhi Daredevils as skipper after seven seasons” has decided to quit as the captain even as he would stay with the team as a batsman. Albeit, at no cost.
“With just 85 runs in six games, I can’t be leading DD. It was time for me to step down from captaincy,” Gambhir wrote in an exclusive article for Times of India. “I told him that I have dropped the likes of Colin Munro, Amit Mishra and Mohammed Shami after an odd bad game. By those standards, how can I be leading the team or be a part of the playing eleven after a string of single-digit scores?”.
The big question drove Gambhir to an extreme decision in the middle of the league. The warrior crumbled in for the first time in an illustrious career. The man to bat for others’ causes for the first time in decades is rattled by the silence of his willow. The decision to throw the towel, by Gambhir’s own admission, is made well past midnight by the man “searching for objectivity”.
Only Gautam could have done it. The resolute opener made up his mind, conveyed his decision to the team management, convinced them and then took to Twitter to break the news. Also ensuring his fans that he would continue to serve the sport and his franchise as a batman.
“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,” tweeted the Southpaw.
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
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) 25 April 2018
Gambhir also revealed that he will render his services to the Delhi Daredevils for no cost, his ₹2.8 crore contract notwithstanding.
The Delhi Daredevils chief executive Hemant Dua commended Gambhir for an unprecedented decision only the brave could take. “Dear All continuing where I left yesterday this decision by @GautamGambhir to step down as #Captain for the betterment of the team is legendary. Only the brave can take call like this! Deserves full respect for this decision a first in #India cricket. #TeambeforeIndividual #Respect,” Dua had tweeted.
Cricket analyst and Gambhir’s former fellow opener in the Delhi and North Zone Ranji Trophy teams though believes the DD captain alone was not responsible for many a leadership decisions. “Gautam Gambhir has taken the fall for his team’s poor show…some of the #DD tactical decisions were questionable but it felt, from the outside, that they weren’t his decisions alone. #IPL,” Akash had tweeted.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 25 April 2018
The Daredevils has named Shreyas Iyer to step into Gambhir’s big shoes.
Gautam might be a relieved man now. But, his decision for sure has posed big questions and put severe pressure on many a non-performing, high profile assets in the league.