In a surprising move, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has left the Lucknow Super Giants to rejoin the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL). This decision has sparked excitement and anticipation among fans and the cricketing community.
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The Return to Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir, a two-time IPL-winning skipper with the Kolkata Knight Riders, has officially rejoined the team as a mentor. This decision was announced by KKR’s CEO Venky Mysore, marking a significant moment for the franchise.
Shah Rukh Khan, co-owner of the Knight Riders, warmly welcomed Gambhir’s return, referring to it as the ‘return of their captain’. Gambhir himself expressed deep emotions as he prepared to make the switch back to the Kolkata-based team.
Contributions to Lucknow Super Giants
Prior to his return to KKR, Gambhir served as the mentor for the Lucknow Super Giants for two years. During his tenure, he played a pivotal role in guiding the team to the final in the IPL 2022 edition. Despite their third-place finish in the 2023 campaign, LSG couldn’t secure a spot in the final for the second consecutive year.
Farewell to Lucknow Super Giants
Gambhir bid an emotional farewell to the Lucknow-based franchise through a heartfelt post on social media. In his message, he expressed gratitude towards the players, coaches, support staff, and everyone involved with LSG, acknowledging the memorable journey with the team.
Emotional Return to Kolkata Knight Riders
Gambhir announced his return to KKR through an emotional post, expressing his deep connection with the team and the city of Kolkata. He conveyed his eagerness and determination to once again represent the iconic purple and gold jersey, signifying his strong bond with the team and the fans.
Warm Welcome Back to KKR
Shah Rukh Khan, affectionately known as ‘King Khan’, extended a warm welcome to Gambhir, emphasizing his integral role as a mentor and his enduring impact on the team’s spirit and sportsmanship. The entire KKR community eagerly anticipated the magic that Gambhir and the team’s coaching staff would create together.