Take a bow Gautam Gambhir

It took him a long time to feel like he belonged at the highest level - Kirsten helped immensely in building that self-belief - but once he did, there was no more valuable player.It was a similar story in the Indian Premier League (IPL). While he led KKR for seven years, the team won two IPL titles and Gambhir scored 3,035 runs. "It was absolutely my decision, no pressure from the franchise, they've been absolutely sportive about it, sometimes when your conscience says it's the right time, you just take that (call)", added Gambhir. It was my home ground. With Ricky Ponting in charge of the side, there was always going to be pressure on the captain to deliver.

Dua said that Gambhir had not been asked to step down by the Delhi Daredevils management. Now batsman Shreyas Iyer will be the captain of the team.

"Having been in the same situation myself a number of years ago, obviously it's a tough decision for anybody to make, to put their hand up and say that they think their performances haven't been good enough". As I said, my performance was not up to the mark and I just could not handle the pressure.

"I love responsibility, love facing challenges". But putting all rumours to rest, the franchise took to Twitter to announce that the decision was exclusively made by Gautam with no sorts of pressure from the management or the franchise. "Very much a #DilDIlli", wrote the Delhi batsman in Twitter.

During a press conference at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Ghambir said, "It was my decision".

Ponting understood how hard the decision must have been for Gambhir. While announcing his resignation, Gambhir told reporters in Delhi yesterday, "I take full responsibility for where we are at the points table". No individual bigger than d team. "When I joined KKR, I was 28".

The Delhi Daredevils chief executive Hemant Dua commended Gambhir for an unprecedented decision only the fearless could take. Only AB de Villiers had done so before Shreyas Iyer. "See my game. what I am able to achieve in the next games". The responsibility of leading the team has now been handed over to young Shreyas Iyer who has had a decent IPL 2018 so far.

The season has gone from bad to worse for Gambhir and Delhi. "They have been absolutely supportive about it", said Gambhir, regarded as one of the most successful captains in IPL history.

  • Joanne Flowers