The seven-year romance between Gautam Gambhir and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ended last month after the star left-hander was bought by the Delhi Daredevils (DD) for Rs 2.80 crore at the Indian Premier League Player Auction. Gambhir, who was not retained by Kolkata at the Player Retention event, had requested the franchise not to bid for him at the auction, revealed the team's CEO Venky Mysore. On Friday, Kolkata co-owner Shah Rukh Khan made his feelings about Gambhir's exit known to fans. In a Twitter chat, the actor was asked to comment on Gambhir. SRK articulated his response with just three words.
Gambhir, who had a base price of Rs 2 crore, was KKR's leading run-getter with 3345 in 122 matches.
The 36-year-old, who led Kolkata to two IPL titles, was picked up by Delhi after KXIP stopped bidding at Rs 2.60 crore.
Delhi are confident about Gambhir's leadership qualities and will ask the veteran batsman to kead the side in the upcoming IPL, coach Ricky Ponting said.
"We had a fair bit of thought into that. It is likely now that Gambhir will lead the team next season. We had conversation with him. He has conveyed to us that he would like to make a comeback to his home Delhi and hopefully lead the team," Ponting said after the auction.
"And if you look at his leadership, we did not find any fault when captaining KKR. His last season of IPL also has also been very good. So we thought it would be good to have him as captain working with some of the young Indian players. So, we have gone for an experienced captain and I am sure he will do the job for us," the Australian great added.
(With inputs from PTI)