"As a captain, I want to play well and lead by example", said Gambhir, who twice led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to title triumphs.
Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday officially appointed senior Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir as their captain for the 2018 season. 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. But above all, he is a leader, so this appointment was an easy choice.
Amid all the speculations that the Indian worldwide would be bought back by the Kolkata Knight Riders using their "Right to Match" card, the franchise simply snubbed their skipper.
"It's good fun (to be a part of Daredevils) and it can bring the best out of me. So we have gone for an experienced captain and I'm sure he will do a good job for us". "I haven't had it in last couple of years", he observed.
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The two-time World Cup winning player added, "The potential of this group of players is huge and it is now up to us to turn that potential into consistent performances. It is also going to be great to work in unison with Ricky, an absolute champion himself", Gambhir added. Earlier, KKR had said in a statement that they were willing to get Gambhir on their side, but the batsman himself had urged them to not bid for him.
DD's chief executive Hemant Dua was bullish about Gambhir's aggressive style of captaincy aiding the team's charge towards glory after shelling out '2.8 crore for his services. So can the narrative be any different his year? I started my cricket and IPL career here. The price tag is not in a player's hands.
Robin Uthappa of the Kolkata Knight Riders is congratulated by Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir during a 2017 Indian Premier League tie against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on May 9. It will be exciting to see Gambhir captain his home-city franchise this IPL season.