We were always keen to bring Gautam Gambhir back home: Hemant Dua
The CEO of the Delhi franchise, Hemant Dua was delighted to have him back and expected Delhi Daredevils to unmask glory under him.
Updated - Jan 30, 2018 11:38 am
As the IPL auction came to an end, Delhi Daredevils had a splendid evening. The team had managed to get the right combination under the guise of coach Ricky Ponting. However, the most heartwarming welcome was reserved for the local boy Gautam Gambhir.
After having represented Delhi Daredevils for the first three seasons, Gambhir headed to Kolkata. Finally, after a gap of seven years, he’s back to where he belonged. The CEO of the Delhi franchise, Hemant Dua was delighted to have him back. He expected Delhi Daredevils to unmask glory under him.
Gambhir has unfinished business with Delhi Daredevils
Admitting their aspirations to bid for Gambhir, Dua remarked that they were always on the verge of going for him. The Delhi franchise has never won a single IPL season till date. He counted upon Gambhir to lead the team all the way.
“We were always keen to bring Gautam back home as he has unfinished business with the franchise (winning the trophy). He was the second highest scorer after David Warner during last IPL. And above all, he is a leader,” Dua was quoted as saying by TOI.
While Gambhir is expected to lead DD, former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is their coach. Both have strong personalities and thus it would be interesting to see their bond. Hemant further informed that both seemed to be on the same page regarding team combination and strategies.
“I had personally ensured that both Ricky and Gautam speak to each other and express what’s there in their minds. I am glad they are both on the same page on team building. They have had extensive discussions on the way forward,”
Once Ashwin was picked by Kings XI Punjab, we always knew that we would go for Gambhir
A T20 may be a short game but it requires a huge amount of skill set. Alongside a good team, it also requires a captain who can set up the coordination perfectly on the field. Dua mentioned that they were in search of a captaincy material.
“Look, there were only three potential Indian captains – Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir. There were five franchises who had settled captains – MS Dhoni for CSK, Steve Smith for Royals, David Warner for Sunrisers, Rohit Sharma for MI and KKR I believe have some plans.” He told according to TOI.