One of the most dependable Indian openers that the cricketing world has seen, Gautam Gambhir has stepped down from his position as the captain of the Delhi cricket team. Gambhir has relinquished the captaincy duties stating the need to groom someone younger for the role.
The swashbuckling batsman decision comes at a time when he recently led the Delhi team to the final of the Vijay Hazara trophy final. Gambhir impressed with his prolific showing with the bat scoring 518 runs with two centuries, to finish as the tournament's second-highest run-getter.
He conveyed his decision on Twitter. His tweet read: "Time to pass the captaincy baton to youngsters, hence have requested the DDCA selectors not to consider me for that role. I will be in the background helping the new leader to win games."
According to a report in PTI, Nitish Rana will be named the new Delhi captain for the Ranji Trophy 2018-19. The left-handed batsman has played 24 first-class matches in which he has scored 1574 runs at an average of 46.29 with four centuries and 6 half-centuries.
A senior office-bearer of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) was quoted by PTI as saying “Gautam has intimated the state team’s chief selector Amit Bhandari that he would like to opt out of captaincy. He suggested that someone younger be groomed for the job. Nitish Rana will lead the side and Dhruv Shorey will be his deputy.”
Delhi will reveal their Ranji Trophy squad later on Monday as they gear up for their season-opening which will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla from November 12.
Meanwhile, Gauti', one of the most vocal cricketing voice on Twitter, be it on any political or sporting matter, lashed out at the BCCI, CoA and CAB for allowing Azharuddin to ring the bell at the Eden Gardens during the first T201 against West Indies.
The decision to entrust this task with the former Indian skipper, who was reported to have been involved in match-fixing, did not go down well with a few people. And one of them was Indian opener Gautam Gambhir.