IPL 2019: 5 reasons why Kolkata Knight Riders should get back Gautam Gambhir
A Knight Rider once again?
Updated - Nov 17, 2018 2:21 am
Not even a year ago, he was still a part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), but Gautam Gambhir wanted to take up new challenges as far as his Indian Premier League (IPL) career is concerned. His fortunes in the T20 extravaganza changed thereafter. He was indeed picked up by Delhi Daredevils (DD), but he was about to take charge of a team, which didn’t have a great record in the event.
He strained every sinew, however, couldn’t bring glory for them. His own aspirations also went into the doldrums and recently, the two-time IPL winning captain has been released by last year’s cellar dwellers. Meanwhile, this gives an opportunity for KKR to get their favourite son back and there are reasons why they should go after him in the auction. In our article, we take a look at five of them.
Form is a crucial criterion for selection of a player in the IPL and Gambhir undoubtedly fulfils the same for the reason that he has been amongst the runs for Delhi in domestic cricket. Having notched 518 runs in 10 matches, the left-handed batsman was second in the list of leading run-scorers in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with a top score of 151 retired out against Kerala.
As far as his form as the captain is concerned, the seasoned campaigner led Delhi to the final of the domestic One Day tournament against Mumbai at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Even in Delhi’s first Ranji Trophy encounter against Himachal Pradesh, he played a couple of breezy knocks, something which shows that he isn’t out of touch by any means.