After getting two IPL trophies for Kolkata Knight Riders , Gautam Gambhir will lead Delhi Daredevils as captain in the upcoming season of Indian Premier League. The 36-year-old former national player, was bought by DD at IPL auctions in January for Rs 2.8 crore, said that he needs to continue performing to make it to the playing XI of the team.
“It’s not at all difficult to manage players as it’s the performance that will keep them in the playing XI. And it starts with me. I need to perform to be in that playing XI. And sometimes, it’s not about price tag but about game-changers, who need to be given a longer rope because they can change the game. You don’t expect them to be consistent but you expect them to win 3 or 4 games,” he told the reporters.
Gautam further added that a players’ price tag does not matter in the tournament. “It’s not about price tag as it’s not in players’ hand. The only thing in players hand is to perform for the team. That’s what’s going to keep him in the side,” he said.
The former opening batsman for Indian team, who had his share of troubles with the DDCA in the past couple of years,added that he is looking for a peaceful environment to work under. “It’s fun to be in a peaceful environment and I haven’t had it in last couple of years,” he said.
On being questioned about his return to the Indian side, Gambhir said that he is playing the tournament to win the trophy and not for “selfish” reasons. “Every year before IPL, I am asked a standard question as to how important the tournament will be for my comeback. You don’t play a tournament for a comeback, you play to win it. It is a selfish way to think that you are playing a particular tournament for comeback. You can never win the IPL like that and my aim is to win it for DD,” he said.
“If you can make a comeback, then it’s a by-product. As a leader, my thought process can’t be like that,” he said.
The upcoming IPL 2018 will start from April 7, 2018, with rivals Chennai Super Kings facing defending champions Mumbai Indians in the first game.