Speculations abound that Gautam Gambhir could join the backroom staff of Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the upcoming Indian Premier League season. The former India opener has served as a mentor to Lucknow Super Giants for the past two IPL seasons.
The World Cup winner has done a good job mentoring LSG. With Gautam Gambhir as their mentor, LSG reached the IPL playoffs in the past two seasons. However, the partnership could come to an end if the former cricketer decides to return to Kolkata Knight Riders as a manager.
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Gautam Gambhir spent seven years with the Kolkata-based team as their captain and completely turned the fortunes of the franchise around. After poor performance in the first three IPL seasons, KKR tied up Gautam Gambhir in 2011 and led them to the playoffs in the first season as captain. In 2012 and 2014, KKR won the IPL under Gambhir’s captaincy.
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Will Gautam Gambhir become KKR manager?:
While only time will tell if Gautam Gambhir makes a fairy tale return to the KKR bench or not, recent reports have suggested that there is a possibility. According to a report by Dainik Jagran, the former India batsman is in contact with the KKR. Both parties are currently discussing the possibility of a deal before next season.
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The report came after Cricbuzz stated that LSG is likely to replace Andy Flower with Justin Langer as their head coach before IPL 2024. A shakeup in LSG’s backroom staff could make it easier for Gambhir to part ways with the franchise.
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