Gautam Gambhir ready to be back as captain
Gambhir lost the captaincy before the 2016/17 Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Updated - Jul 11, 2018 2:02 pm
Gautam Gambhir hasn’t had the best of times recently. He was appointed as the skipper of the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, but owing to some lacklustre shows, both by him and his team, he stepped down and also didn’t play a match after his resignation. The Delhi-born player also was his state team captain before he was dropped from his post prior to the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17.
Rishabh Pant was assigned the role of leadership and they crashed out of the event to mark the end of their domestic season. Prior to the last Ranji season, it was presumed that Gambhir would be appointed as the captain, however, Ishant Sharma was given the role. In the fast-bowler’s absence, Rishabh used to lead. Meanwhile, Gambhir mentioned that he is ready to take the mantle of leadership again.
“Not really thought about it, to be honest with you. I am just thinking about playing for Delhi and have a good season but I am not ruling it out altogether. If an opportunity arises for me to lead Delhi again, I will not rule that out for sure in the team’s interests,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Gambhir’s top start career
The left-hander is among the most skilled batsman India have ever produced. He first came into limelight after playing a match-winning knock of 75 runs in the Final of the 2007 World T20 in South Africa. In 2011, he churned out 97 crucial runs to help the Men in Blue chase down 275-run target set by Sri Lanka in the Final of the 50-over Cricket World Cup at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
He attained the number one Test ranking as a batsman back in 2009. However, since 2013, he hasn’t played an ODI. Moreover, after playing in 2014 against England, he went out of contention for a Test selection and had to wait for more than two years to make his comeback in 2016. To add to his woes, after playing a couple of Tests, he was again sidelined.