Gautam Gambhir has had a remarkable journey over the last decade in the IPL. The Delhi-batsman played for his city in the initial three years, and was a massive part in the Delhi Daredevils’ success.
But to Gambhir’s horror, Delhi decided to let go of the left-hander in the auction, which left Gambhir hurt and disillusioned by the franchise. Gambhir was then picked for a hefty sum by Kolkata Knight Riders, as the Shahrukh Khan owned franchise decided to name him captain and build the side around the left-hander.
Gambhir went on to achieve great success with KKR, as he led them to two IPL trophies in three years, in addition to a Champions league final. Gambhir’s captaincy was widely appreciated, as he inspired his team to new heights.
Now in 2018, the 36-year old is at the tail end of his wonderful career, as Gambhir will be looking to bag his last big contract in this year’s IPL. After not being retained by the KKR ahead of the auction, Gambhir will be hoping for some team to snap him up at his base price of Rs 2 crores.
His long-time opening partner, Virender Sehwag expects Gambhir to be retained by the KKR franchise, as he believes they will use one of their RTM cards on Gambhir.
“I was not shocked, because every team has their own thinking. I was not shocked when Delhi Daredevils did not decide to retain me after having played there for the past 6 years. I too was part of the auction then.
I am not surprised. Many teams are parting with their old players because their price at the auction will be less, then maybe they might retain them. This could be their strategy of using RTM.”
Sehwag also felt that Chris Gayle is not the force that he once was, which would affect his price tag in the upcoming auction.
“No. Gayle is now getting old. He is not the same Gayle that he once was. Last year, he played in the IPL and his performance wasn’t at that level that he was once renowned for. Teams take into account this factor when they enter the auction. Maybe RCB might go after Gayle again at the auction.”