Gautam Gambhir, who captained Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years in Indian Premier League named as the new skipper of Delhi Daredevils. The southpaw who played for Daredevils during the first three seasons, returned to the franchise after he was bought for INR 2.8 Crore at the IPL 2018 mega auction.
The veteran batsman left Daredevils in 2011, with the Knight Riders picking him up for $2,400,000 in the auction. As the captain of the Knight Riders side, he led them to a couple of IPL titles – in 2012 and 2014.
Gambhir also played a crucial role during Knight Riders’ 2012 winning campaign by amassing 590 runs at 39.33. Even during last year’s IPL, the opener was in fine form, compiling 498 runs at 41.5. He has aggregated 4132 runs in 148 IPL games at an average of 31.78 and a strike-rate of 124.60.
Gambhir after being appointed as captain, 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.”
Daredevils who are yet to win a IPL trophy will start their IPL campaign with a game versus Kings XI Punjab at Feroz Shah Kotla on April 8.