Seven years and nineteen days – That’s how long the gap was from the day the Kolkata Knight Riders got Gautam Gambhir into their mix at the 2011 IPL auction, and the day DD finally brought him back home.
Literally a couple of hours – After buying Gambhir at the auction, that’s how long it took for a born leader, Ricky Ponting, to all but officially announce another born leader, Gautam Gambhir, as the captain of DD for the VIVO IPL 2018.
Though Gambhir’s captaincy was hinted at earlier, the official announcement came in on March 7. It wasn’t an impulsive decision by any stretch of imagination. Ricky Ponting, Gautam Gambhir and the DD management were already in talks ahead of the auction where Gautam expressed a genuine desire to ply his trade for his home franchise once again. And, who better to captain a side than a homeboy and a proven leader on a mission? It was Gambhir who wanted to move on from KKR and not the other way round. Let’s face it, why would anyone let him go?
Mr. Venky Mysore, CEO, KKR, mentioned that Gambhir approached the management to let them know that he wished to play at home again. The KKR management thoroughly respected his decision and kudos to them for that! All in all, the stalwart is back to lead DD and he’s more excited and determined than ever.