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No, Gautam Gambhir Is Not Playing IPL 2024, KKR Comeback Only As A Mentor!

Dixit Bhargav

No, Gautam Gambhir Is Not Playing IPL 2024, KKR Comeback Only As A Mentor!

Not that former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir needs a reason to gather limelight but the last few days have seen him finding space in the Indian media not only because of his debatable statements as a commentator but also because of his batting and mentoring skills.

A day before ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 final in Ahmedabad, Gambhir had led India Capitals to a 3-wicket loss against Bhilwara Kings in Ranchi. Notwithstanding the result, Legends League Cricket 2023 tournament opener will be remembered for Gambhir seeming to have used a time machine whilst scoring an eye-catching 63 (35) comprising eight fours and two sixes at a strike rate of 180.

A handful of days later, Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders announcing Gambhir’s comeback to the franchise has inadvertently forced fans to think of his return in a playing capacity.

No, Gautam Gambhir Is Not Playing IPL 2024, KKR Comeback Only As A Mentor!

Gambhir, who had announced retirement from all formats nearly five years ago, is not returning to the Knight Riders in a playing capacity. Not interested in playing IPL 2024, Gambhir will be with the franchise in the role of a mentor.

Gambhir, who was Lucknow Super Giantsmentor in IPL 2022 before being appointed Super Giants’ global mentor 13 months ago, has ended a two-year association with the franchise in order to be part of KKR after more than six years.

Gautam Gambhir’s Journey At Kolkata Knight Riders Over The Years

Most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions until 2011, Gambhir was arguably the first cricketer to have admitted the pressure of a fat IPL pay cheque. Gambhir, who led Kolkata to their only two titles till date in 2012 and 2014 respectively, not only wanted co-owner Shah Rukh Khan to spend entire budget on Sunil Narine during IPL 2012 auction but also made the former West Indian spinner open the batting.

During IPL 2013 auction, the franchise had bought only two players for $675,000 at Gambhir’s behest. After having played a key role in buying Morne Morkel during IPL 2016 auction, the left-handed batter had kicked a chair in frustration after winning a match against Royal Challengers Bangalore the same year.

Gambhir, who is a sitting Member of Parliament from East Delhi, had advised a change in batting technique to Nitish Rana before he joined Kolkata in IPL 2018. While Gambhir had left the franchise after a successful seven-year stint for a homecoming to Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) the same season, Rana is forever grateful to his mentor till date. Interestingly, Gambhir has become Rana’s mentor in an official capacity now.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav


Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who works as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. Having written more than 10,000 articles across more than five years at TSR, his first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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