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Gautam Gambhir named captain of Delhi Daredevils

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The Delhi Daredevils on Wednesday announced that Gautam Gambhir has been appointed captain of the franchise for the 2018 Vivo IPL season.

DD Chief Executive Mr. Hemant Dua made the announcement about the appointment in the city while also launching the jersey for the season. Also present on the occasion was Gambhir himself along with his teammates Naman Ojha and Manjot Kalra.

 

Also during the event in the city it was revealed that lead Team Sponsor, Daikin, will continue their association with the franchise for three more years.

“I had maintained post the auction that Gauti (Gambhir) has unfinished business with the franchise. He was the second highest scorer during the last IPL. But above all, he is a leader, so this appointment was an easy choice. Both Ricky (Ponting) and Gauti have spoken to each other. I am glad that they are both on the same page,” Mr Dua said.

Speaking about the appointment, Head Coach Ricky Ponting said: “Gauti has been a leader for a very long time. He has always proven himself to be one of the top leaders during his stint with other sides in the IPL. He has a big personality, but it is the drive behind the outward confidence which I think will inspire the rest of the team. He has the respect of the dressing room and the franchise is proud to have him as our captain. I would like to congratulate him on the appointment and wish him, all the very best."

One half of India's most celebrated opening pairs ever, Gambhir, is returning to play for DD after a gap of eight years. Gambhir himself was delighted with his new role as he said: “It is a huge honour to once again captain DD. To get this responsibility is a way for me to give back to the sport in the city. I firmly believe that with the players currently involved we have the makings of a very good side. The potential of this group of players is immense 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.”

The Squad:

Captain:  Gautam Gambhir

Batsmen:  Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro

Wicket-keepers: Rishabh Pant, Naman Ojha

All-rounders: Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Vijay Shankar, Daniel Christian, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Jayant Yadav

Fast bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Shami, Trent Boult, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Sayan Ghosh

Spinners: Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Tewatia, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane