IPL 2024 : Gautam Gambhir returns to KKR as mentor

IPL 2024: Gautam Gambhir has finally returned to the Kolkata Knight Riders, who won the title in 2012 and 2014 under his captaincy.

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SUMMARY

* Gautam Gambhir has returned to KKR ahead of IPL 2024 as a mentor of the team.
* He was the captain of KKR from 2011 to 2017
* He was the mentor of Lucknow Super Giants from 2022 to 2023

After three seasons, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had no distinct identity. The Men in God and Purple were in complete disarray, save for Shah Rukh Khan’s rise to fame and Brendon McCullum’s valiant comeback in 2008. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), KKR had difficulty in moving up the points ladder, let alone winning championships.

Saurav Ganguly who was meant to lead the Knight Riders, was unable to improve the team’s situation. In his role as head coach, John Buchanan was not well received. It was clear that the Knights really needed a total makeover. Something had to be done after they missed out on the playoffs for three seasons.

What Saurav said on his comeback

“I am not an emotional person and not many things move me. But this is different. This is back to where it all started. Today, there is a lump in my throat and fire in my heart as I think about slipping into that purple and gold jersey once again,” Gambhir said.

Gambhir as a mentor

As a captain, Gambhir had great influence and was a constant energy on the field. Gambhir was the one who introduced Sunil Narine, who was not well-known in 2012. After eleven years, Narine has established herself as a vital component of the Knights.

Gambhir fostered the growth of Andre Russell. During that time, KKR was able to survive storms because to his ability as a captain. Despite the best efforts of Karthik, Shreyas, Morgan, and Rana, the team hasn’t been the same since he left.

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