In a remarkable turn of events, the cricketing maestro Gautam Gambhir is set to rekindle his ties with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as the team’s mentor for the upcoming IPL 2024 season. The announcement, which came on Wednesday, has stirred excitement among fans as the former KKR captain makes a nostalgic return to the purple and gold brigade.
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Gambhir’s history with KKR is nothing short of legendary. From 2011 to 2017, he not only donned the captain’s hat but also led the team to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. The memorable journey also included a runner-up finish in the Champions League T20 in 2014. Now, as he steps into the mentor role, Gambhir aims to instill the same winning spirit that defined his captaincy era.
Expressing his emotions, Gambhir stated, “I am not an emotional person, and not many things move me. But this is different. This is back to where it all started.” He went on to express the lump in his throat and the fire in his heart at the thought of wearing the purple and gold jersey once again.
KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan shared his enthusiasm, stating, “Gautam has always been part of the family, and this is our Captain coming back home in a different avatar as a ‘Mentor.'”
Gambhir’s return comes at a crucial juncture for KKR, which is looking for a change in fortunes after finishing seventh in both the 2022 and 2023 seasons. The team is optimistic that Gambhir’s mentorship, coupled with head coach Chandrakant Pandit’s expertise, will bring back the never-say-die spirit and sportsmanship that KKR is known for.
In recent years, Gambhir has ventured into diverse roles, from being a Member of Parliament to a cricket pundit on TV. He was also associated with Lucknow Super Giants in the IPL and served as a “global mentor,” extending his influence to Durban’s Super Giants in the SA20 league in South Africa.
As the countdown to IPL 2024 begins, Gambhir’s return to the KKR camp has not only reignited the team’s aspirations but has also sparked the joyous anticipation of fans, eagerly awaiting the magic that Team KKR, under the mentorship of Gambhir, is set to create on the field.