Indian Premier League 2019: One has to admit Gautam Gambhir has had his best years as a Knight Rider and there is no denying that! Recently, Delhi Daredevils did not retain the Delhi cricketer and that must have hurt his fans, especially his fans in the capital. He has led the KKR franchise to IPL titles twice and knows what it takes, so should KKR reconsider him. The 37-year-old stepped down as captain of Daredevils last season after the team did not perform well in the first half of the league. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: No Pay Cut For South African Cricketers For 2020-21 Season Despite Growing Concerns
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In 2011, Kolkata Knight Riders roped him for a whopping Rs 11. 5 Cr and it paid dividends as the franchise went on to clinch two titles. Then, he wanted to play for his home side and hence made a request to Venky Mysore and the management to release him and they obliged. Daredevils brought the experience of Gambhir for merely Rs 2.8 Cr. Now that Daredevils has released him and he will again go under the hammer, KKR has Rs 15 Cr in their purse and Gambhir for about Rs 2-3 Cr is not a bad gamble.
Purple and Gold suites him better:
It is certain that the Knight Rider jersey brings the best out of the southpaw and surely acts as an inspiration. He also knows the Eden Gardens better than most which are a huge plus. He has led KKR to victories in 2012 for the first time and a couple of years later he did it again in 2014. He knows the culture well and shares a great bond with the owners Shah Rukh Khan and Venky Mysore, who also have immense faith in his abilities as a leader and a batsman.
And, of course form:
IPL is business at least for the owners who shell out money and are expecting profitable returns. No one wants to bet on a lame horse, but in the twilight of his career, Gambhir has been in ominous form in the domestic circuit. Having notched 518 runs in 10 matches for Delhi, the left-handed batsman was second in the list of leading run-scorers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a top score of 151 retired out against Kerala.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Retained players: Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna
Released players: Mitchell Starc, Tom Curran, Mitchell Johnson, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Ishank Jaggi, Apoorv Wankhede, Vinay Kumar