Kolkata Knight Riders: KKR CEO reveals the reason why Gambhir left the franchise

KKR are two time IPL Champions.


Two months after the departure of Gautam Gambhir, the KKR CEO Venky Mysore revealed the reason why the Indian batsman left the team after some successful years.

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Venky Mysore(Left) during a CPL match presentation ceremony

Gautam Gambhir was bought by KKR in 2010 and he replace Sourav Ganguly to become the captain of a new looked Kolkata side. A seven year of stay has seen the Knights been led to two IPL glories by the stylish left hander, but this year Gambhir has parted way with the Knight Riders.

“We were lucky to have picked Gautam Gambhir and subsequently appoint him as our captain… We were perhaps one bid away from not getting him,” said Mysore, rolling the years back to that moment when they brought the Delhi boy in Kolkata.

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Gambhir has been an IPL winning captain for KKR

Mysore said they wanted to keep the batsman in a senior player and mentor role. “Retention rules made it difficult for us to retain more than two players. So we were hoping to get him back in the auction even if it meant using an RTM (right-to-match option). But I think he wanted a different challenge.”

Even the Indian batsman himself spoke earlier in a conference and wished to finish his IPL career with his hometown franchise Delhi Daredevils, with whom he was in the first three IPL seasons and also captained in the third one. Gambhir will lead the Daredevils again this year and hope to turn the fortunes of the team, who by far have been the worst performers of IPL among all the teams.

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Uthappa is KKR’s new vice captain

The KKR CEO also added that the team required both change and continuity and they have achieved both together. In Karthik’s appointment as the new captain and new players, a fresh new air has been installed while the likes of Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine will carry forward the continuity of the franchise.