‘There is a lump in my throat and fire in my heart’: Gautam Gambhir returns to KKR as team mentor | Cricket-world-cup News


Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to Indian Premier League (IPL) title twice has returned as team mentor of the franchise and will work with head coach Chandrakant Pandit.

It was under Gambhir, KKR became the IPL champions in 2012 and 2014. In 2012 final they have defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final and in 2014, they won the final against Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings). Under Gambhir’s captaincy, KKR has qualified for the palyoffs five times and had reached the final of the Champions League T20 in 2014.

Gambhir in a statement released by the KKR has said that he is hungry to win more with the franchise.

“I am not an emotional person and not many things move me. But this is
different. This is back to where it all started,” Gambhir said in a statement.

“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.

“I am not only coming back to KKR but I am coming back to the city of joy. I am back. I am hungry. I am number 23.”

KKR’s team owner Shah Rukh Khan, too has showered praise on Gambhir.

Festive offer

“Gautam has always been part of the family and this is our Captain coming back home in a different avatar as a ‘mentor’.

“He was sorely missed and now we all look forward to Chandu Sir and Gautam in instilling the never-say-die spirit and of sportsmanship they stand for, in creating magic with Team KKR,” he said.

For the past couple of season, Gambhir was working as a mentor for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG). The former India opener has penned a heartfelt note for the LSG fans.

“I am filled with love and immense gratitude towards all the players, coaches, support staff and every individual who has made this journey memorable,” he posted on X.

“I am sure that the team will do wonders in the future and will make every LSG fan proude.”


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