Gautam Gambhir stepped down as Delhi Daredevils captain for the 2018 season after his team lost five matches out of the six matches they have played till now. Shreyas Iyer has replaced him with immediate effect.
“It was my decision. I haven’t contributed enough to the team. I had to take the responsibility being the leader of the ship. I feel it was the right time,” Gambhir said in a press conference.
“I take full responsibility for the position we are in. And looking at the position, I have decided to step down as captain. Shreyas Iyer will take over. I still feel we have the team to turn things around this,” he added.
He also took to twitter to share this heart-breaking news with his fans and also cleared all the ongoing rumors by saying that the decision was taken by him only and not by the franchise or the management. Here’s what he tweeted:
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) April 25, 2018
According to sources, Gautam refused to charge any salary for this season. Yes, he has decided to forego his entire Rs 2.8 crore salary while taking responsibility for the team’s disastrous run in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Gautam Gambhir has decided to play it for free in this season. In his recent interview, he said that as he has failed to perform as a skipper and a player and therefore, he believes there is no point of charging any salary.
It is possibly the first time that an IPL captain has decided to forego his salary because of non-performance.
As soon as Gautam announced his decision, Twitteratis pride on him. Here’s how his fans reacted to his bold decision, have a look:
Gautam Gambhir refuses to take salary and if he plays any match he will play for free. What a man ???? pic.twitter.com/wG7xzEUzyd
— Team Gautam Gambhir (@gautamgambhir97) April 25, 2018
He’ll play the entire tournament without any salary.
That is Gautam Gambhir for you.
A man with the purest heart ❤
— Sukanya Chatterjee (@GautiSukanya) April 25, 2018
Gautam Gambhir HATS OFF to you man!!!! You are more than an inspiration idol! He just forego his salary cuz of non performance n will be playing rest of the matches of the season for free..!
Who in the cricketing world has so much courage??!
I Stan Mr Gambhir ?
— Addy #GG ? (@dreamsredefined) April 25, 2018
Exemplary step by Gautam Gambhir for not taking salary for non-performance. India should have a similar law for politicians and babus. Goddamn leeches just suck the country dry
— Kejri Dutt (@MightyTroll4) April 25, 2018