Prior to this, he was part of Kolkata Knight Riders and under his incredible captaincy, KKR won IPL title in 2012 & 2014.
"Its fun to be in a peaceful environment and I havent had it in last couple of years", a smiling Gambhir said referring to his regular fall-out with DDCA state selectors, officials and coach. "But he also a leader, so the appointment was an easy choice", he said. As you all may know that he served Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years in Indian Premier League and now they are on another side.
Considering the leadership and batting impact that Gambhir had on KKR - as captain, he is arguably second to none - a perennially muddled franchise like Daredevils could hugely benefit from his presence.
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"I'm privileged to be captaining Delhi Daredevils". He added, "Delhi has deserved a lot of success in the past which they have not so hopefully this is the year where they can achieve a lot of success".
"The target is not for me to come back, but the target is for the team to win".
"The potential of this group of players is huge and it is now up to us to turn it into consistent performances. It is also going to be great to work in unison with Ricky, an absolute champion himself", Gambhir added. It is the team that will win the tournament. You can only try and lead by example. DD Chief Executive Hemant Dua made the announcement in Delhi while launching the jersey of the franchise for the upcoming season. And this year is no different. Gambhir had earlier said that at this stage of his career he wanted to play the role of a mentor. It will be exciting to see Gambhir captain his home-city franchise this IPL season. "He has always proven himself to be one of the top leaders during his stint with other sides in the IPL", ESPN Cricinfo quoted Ponting as saying. The Delhi cricketer commenced his IPL campaign with the Delhi Daredevils.