IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shah Rukh Khan ‘will miss’ Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir had asked the Kolkata Knight Riders management to not bid for him nor use their Right To Match card, after it came to light that he will not be retained by KKR before the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction.

cricket Updated: Feb 03, 2018 19:03 IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Gambhir, who captained Shah Rukh Khan-owned Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to Indian Premier League (IPL) title wins in 2012 and 2014, has joined the Delhi Daredevils (DD) ahead of the 11th edition of the tournament which begins on April 7.(AFP)

Kolkata Knight Riders management’s decision to not retain Gautam Gambhir ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, and his exit from KKR, has surprised many.

Apparently, Gambhir had asked the KKR management to not bid for him nor use their Right To Match card, after it came to light that he will not be retained by KKR before the IPL 2018 auction.

Gambhir, who captained KKR to IPL title wins in 2012 and 2014, has joined the Delhi Daredevils (DD) ahead of the 11th edition of the tournament which begins on April 7. He was picked up by the franchise for Rs 2.8 crore.

KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan gave his first reaction to Gambhir’s quiet exit during an interaction with fans on Twitter. “Will miss him,” replied the Bollywood actor when a fan requested him for a reaction on losing Gambhir.

Picked up by the Knight Riders at the IPL 2011 auction, Gambhir went on to establish himself as KKR’s batting mainstay as well as a strong force that led them to two titles.

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Gambhir scored a minimum of 300 runs for KKR each season and his average never dropped below 22. In IPL 2012, Gambhir scored 590 runs in 17 matches at 39.33, but in IPL 2014, he was not as prolific as he managed 335 runs in 16 matches at 22.33.

Gambhir remained in rich form in the previous two editions of the IPL. In 2016, the left-hander scored 501 runs at 38.53 in 15 games, and in the 2017 edition he made 498 runs in 16 matches at 41.50.

First Published: Feb 03, 2018 19:03 IST