Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as Delhi Daredevils (DD) skipper, after serving Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years. Gambhir was bought by DD for Rs 2.8 crore during the IPL auction in January, keeping in mind the captaincy role. The Indian cricketer had played for DD from 2008 to 2010.
Talking to ANI, Gambhir stated that a teamwork is needed to survive and win the tournament. An Individual brilliance can only win a few games.
“I don’t like talking about individuals, it is unfair for me as a captain to talk about one player to whom I am looking forward to. I am looking forward to the entire 25 people in the squad. Those are the 25 people who are going help us win the tournament," said Gambhir.
“Everyone will contribute in their own way. It is not just about the playing XI, it is about the rest of the 14 players as well. They will try and contribute in whatever way they can. All the contributions play a very important role if you want to go all the way,” he added.
Delhi Daredevils had roped in Ricky Ponting as a coach. Gambhir thinks his experience will come handy for the team. "I think Ricky Ponting is coming to a winning group, three times he has been a part of a World Cup-winning team. As a player and as a captain he has seen ups and downs."
“He has captained Australia for a very long time. It is important for any player if a winner comes to your side. He has seen every kind of situation and knows how to take best out of any player. It is an advantage for any captain if a coach like him comes to the team,” the 36-year-old said.
Gambhir also expressed his happiness to play for Delhi Daredevils again, “I always wanted to come back and play for Delhi again. A year back, I mentioned somewhere that it would be good that if I can come back to Delhi and finish my career here. An auction is something that is very unpredictable, was keeping my fingers crossed as well that I can play for Delhi, it is good to be back."
Delhi Daredevils Squad:
Gautam Gambhir (C), Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Rishabh Pant, Naman Ojha, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Jayant Yadav, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Sayan Ghosh, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Tewatia, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane.