“Time to pay back…”: Gautam Gambhir on Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of IPL 2024


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After his return to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as a mentor, the former India international became Gautam Gambhir said the franchise is very close to his heart. Speaking to ANI, Gambhir hoped that he could deliver for the franchise in the upcoming season of IPL. The 42-year-old said he wants to repay all the love he received from the people of Bengal during his previous tenure with the two-time IPL champions.

“Going back to where there was a lot of emotion, sweat, hard work, all the memories that come back. It’s a fresh start and hopefully we can deliver. KKR is very close to my heart because of the amount of love, we have got. from the people of Bengal, it is time to repay it,” Gambhir told ANI.

Gambhir served as Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) mentor for two years, with the franchise finishing third in both seasons.

After reaching their place in the playoffs, they were eliminated by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the 2022 and 2023 seasons respectively.

Gambhir has now returned to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), a team he guided to IPL glory in 2012.

Earlier, Gambhir was associated with the Kolkata-based franchise from 2011 to 2017, which is considered as the golden period for KKR.

During this period, the team won the Indian Premier League (IPL) twice, qualified for the playoffs five times and reached the final of the Champions League T20 in 2014.

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