The CEO of Delhi Daredevils, Hemant Dua, recently stated opener Gautam Gambhir has a lot of unfinished business with the franchise. Dua further mentioned he was keen on bringing Gauti home.
Furthermore, Dua revealed Gambhir would lead the Delhi team and is on the same page, as their coach Ricky Ponting is there to build a strong team. Through Gambhir’s inspirational captaincy, the Kolkata Knight Riders won two IPL titles in the editions of 2012 and 2014.
“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,” commented Hemant Dua according to The Indian Express.
“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,” further added the founder of Inspiranti Sports and the Chief Executive of GMR Sports which also handles the Jo’Burg Giants in the Global T20 League.
Dua went on to quip that, in hindsight; there was only three possible personnel to handle captaincy of the Daredevils with the majority of franchises having fixed leaders.
“Look, there were only three potential Indian captains — Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir,” stated Dua.
It was revealed later that Gambhir requested the KKR think tank to release him ahead of the retentions to seek newer challenges. Therefore, KKR opted to retain Sunil Narine and Andre Russell despite their interest in 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, which I would not like to get into. Therefore, our options were pretty straightforward. Once Ashwin was picked by Kings XI Punjab, we always knew that we would go for Gautam,” affirmed Hemant Dua.
Gambhir, on Day 1, was sold at a price of INR 2.8 crores after engaging in a bidding war with Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab who bagged the services of Ravichandran Ashwin instead and would lead the side most probably.
“Yes, we did expect some bidding, and if you have seen Kings XI, Punjab did bid for him. But we knew that we wanted him in our team,” concluded Dua.