Finally after seven years, former India opener Gautam Gambhir will be re-uniting with his first IPL team, as the left-hander was bought by Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Saturday.
Even though Gambhir had led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL trophies, he was not retained by the the Shah Rukh Khan-owned franchise.
— Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) January 28, 2018
Now Gambhir along with Aussie legend Ricky Ponting, who is the head coach of the team, will try leading their side to win the IPL trophy.
“We’ve had a few conversations with Gautam, who’d been looking to return to his first IPL franchise, and he’ll be captaining the DareDevils,” said Ponting, adding, “Indeed, we’re happy to have Gautam and he’ll deliver.”
“It’s hard to find fault with anything Gautam did at KKR. He’s won the IPL twice and brings with him a wealth of experience,” Ricky Ponting, the Daredevils’ head of cricket, said on Saturday evening.”
Other than Gauti, the Delhi-based franchise has also brought players like Glenn Maxwell, Indian Under-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in their squad.
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Full list of Players bought by Delhi Daredevils:
Prithvi Shaw, Abhishek Sharma, Manjot Kalra, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Naman Ojha, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Daniel Christian, Gurkeerat Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan, Sayan Ghosh, Sandeep Lamichhane, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant.