Delhi Daredevils fans were given a major shock earlier this week when Gautam Gambhir decided to step down from captaincy and Shreyas Iyer was named as Delhi Daredevils New Captain for rest of the IPL 2018 season. While Iyer lacks the leadership skills at the senior level, his recent form must give him the confidence to perform as Delhi Daredevils new Captain. Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 was one of the 3 players retained by Delhi Daredevils at the start of IPL 2018 and Gautam Gambhir was re-signed by the franchise and was immediately announced as the new captain. While Gambhir’s return to Delhi has been less than fruitful, his decision to step down as the DD team 2018 captain could pave down for change in fortunes for Delhi Daredevils this season. With Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 names ad the Delhi Daredevils New Captain, we take a look at 5 reasons why Shreyas Iyer could be a perfect replacement for Gautam Gambhir.
1). Shreyas Iyer’s IPL 2018 form
Shreyas Iyer along with Rishabh Pant have been the best players for DD team 2018 so far this season and it is fitting that Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 gets the DD team captaincy after Gautam Gambhir decided to step down as the DD captain. Iyer has managed 151 runs from the 6 matches so far this season, only Pant has scored more runs than Shreyas Iyer for DD team 2018 so far in IPL 2018. Iyer’s batting has often brought the calmness amidst all the chaos for Delhi Daredevils this season. Iyer was very close to winning the match for DD team 2018 on his own against Kings XI Punjab where he needed to score 16 runs in the last over and fell short by 4 runs. With the added responsibility of captaining the DD team 2018, we can see Iyer play even more carefully and ensuring that he is the anchor for Delhi Daredevils batting which is in desperate need of a lift.
2). Shreyas Iyer could be the long-term DD team 2018 captain
Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 is just 23-year-old and has plenty of years left in him and pending on how he bonds with the DD team 2018 this season, Delhi Daredevils could be looking at their long-term captain in Shreyas Iyer. Despite being 23-years-old, Iyer has already played for Team India and knows what is it like to be playing at the highest level. Iyer’s experience with the Indian team and seeing how Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni react in difficult situations must put Iyer in a good state when he goes out as the Delhi Daredevils New Captain.
3). The only player capable of captaining DD team 2018 right now
In terms of options, DD team 2018 did not have anyone capable of captaining the team after Gautam Gambhir announced his resignation as the DD captain. Rishabh Pant is a maverick character who is seen as an inconsistent figure and at times, his decision making comes under a lot of scrutinies. Same can be said about Glenn Maxwell and the manners in which he has got out this season. Maxwell’s position in Delhi’s playing 11 is under serious threat after the irresponsible manners in which he has lost his wickets this season. Chris Morris could have been another option, but the South African all-rounder has also failed to nail down a place in the playing 11 which gave Delhi little option but to go with Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 as their new captain for the season. Iyer’s international and IPL experience has indeed made him the perfect replacement for Gautam Gambhir for the role of Delhi Daredevils New Captain.
4). Shreyas Iyer to kick-start the much-needed change in order
With Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 named as the Delhi Daredevils New Captain, DD team 2018 has dropped a massive hint that necessary changes will be made to suit Delhi’s comeback in the IPl 2018. With Iyer leading Delhi for the remainder of the season, DD team 2018 are now prepared to take the hard call even if it means dropping Glenn Maxwell or any big-name player who is not in form. Iyer has earned the respect from his peers this season by being a consistent batsman for Delhi Daredevils, and he would hope for the same consistency when he takes over from Gautam Gambhir as Delhi Daredevils New Captain.
5). More suited to Ricky Ponting’s methods
Ricky Ponting is known to get the best out of youngsters as his methods are often pretty hard-hitting and something which younger players can relate to. Ponting is all about training hard and sweating it out in preparing for the matches. While Gautam Gambhir is a dedicated player but there have been question-marks over his fitness in recent years and we believe Gambhir and Ponting were not in sync when it came to setting up goals for DD team 2018. With Shreyas Iyer IPL 2018 in charge, we may see Ponting have more of a say on the team and dictate how Delhi Daredevils will go on from here until the end of this season.