Former Delhi Daredevils skipper Gautam Gambhir has revealed that CSK skipper MS Dhoni told him that no one from outside the team influences any of the team’s decisions during the IPL. Gambhir also opined that the reason the Delhi Daredevils failed to win was the lack of match-winning bowlers.
Gambhir had a less than memorable return to his hometown of Delhi as his franchise Delhi Daredevils finished last in this year’s IPL under his leadership. Gambhir stepped down as skipper and was ousted from the starting XI as youngster Shreyas Iyer took charge of the team. But the left-handed batsman shed light on the influence that team owners and CEOs have in running the franchises in the cash-rich league in his column for Hindustan Times. Gambhir further added that the only CSK’s MS Dhoni is free of any pressure or influence from corporate entities in the running of the Chennai-based franchise.
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Gambhir was heavily criticised for the dismal performance of the Delhi-based franchise in the initial stages of the IPL but he cleared the air surrounding that as well in his column today.
“A lot of people asked me why I didn’t play after stepping down from captaincy. My reply is simple: I would have played had I been picked. A lot of people also ask me where did we go wrong. It is simple again: injuries to key players like Rabada and Morris, inability to build the right team combination, certain players not clicking, the team not playing important moments well and also the inability to handle pressure are all reasons for our failure. I have always believed it is bowlers who win you games whatever be the format. I think we lacked there,” he wrote.