Published: Wed, March 07, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils officially name Gautam Gambhir as their new captain

IPL 2018: Delhi Daredevils officially name Gautam Gambhir as their new captain

Gambhir was the skipper of IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders.

Speaking about the Gambhir's appointment, head coach Ricky Ponting said: "Gauti has been a leader for a very long time".

The wait for Delhi Daredevils fans is finally over as Gautam Gambhir has been named as skipper for the brand new edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). The DD appointed another World Cup victor Ricky Ponting as their coach and the former Australia batsman backed Gambhir to lead Delhi Daredevils this season. The potential of this group of players is vast and it is now up to us to turn that potential into consistent performances. He also added that it is fun to be in a peaceful (Delhi) environment once again. Taking the baton himself, he made sure he led from the front and was always an example to follow for the rest.

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On the back of his current batting form, which he has displayed in the recently concluded Ranji season, and the amount of runs he has scored for the KKR last IPL, (with 415 runs, he was the second highest run-scorer last year), it was a bit of a surprise to see him not getting retained by Kolkata. Asked whether he eyes IPL as a stepping stone to comeback in the Indian team, Gambhir said, "I'm more excited than I have ever been".

Delhi have assembled a solid looking unit this season and Gambhir is the right choice to lead the side. "Both Gambhir and Ricky Ponting have spoken to each other and I am glad to inform that they are on the same page", Daredevils chief executive Hemant Duo was quoted as saying by the Times of India. Whereas Japanese air conditioning brand Daikin will continue to sponsor the DD team for next three years. "He has the respect of the dressing room, and the franchise is proud to have him as our captain".

The IPL 2018 will begin from April 7.

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