Gambhir, who has had a fractious relationship with the Delhi District Cricket Association over the past couple of years, is hoping that helming the Daredevils will bring the best out of him.
"If we play to potential, the team can go a long way, all the way", said Gambhir, as he interacted with the media on Wednesday. But above all, he is a leader, so this appointment was an easy choice.
"The target is not for me to come back, but for the team to win". The potential of this group of players is vast and it is now up to us to turn that potential into consistent performances.
Gambhir was also Daredevils' first batsman to cross the 1000-run barrier in the IPL.
When he left Daredevils after 2010, Gambhir led Knight Riders to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. Earlier, KKR had said in a statement that they were willing to get Gambhir on their side, but the batsman himself had urged them to not bid for him. He added, "The captain has is as good as his team". You can only try and lead by example.
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Each year, expectations are enormous from the left-hander, not just in terms of setting an example as a leader but also whether a successful run in the season can slot him back into the Indian squad. At 36, Gambhir might not be in India's scheme of things but the thought of an worldwide comeback is something he doesn't lose his sleep over.
When asked how he could use the IPL platform for a comeback in the Indian team, Gambhir replied: "I am being asked the same question again and again every season and at the start of the IPL".
The Delhi Daredevils is scheduled to open its campaign against Kings XI, Punjab, at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground on April 8.