Mitchell Starc to be KKR’s X-factor in IPL: Gautam Gambhir | Cricket News

Mar14,2024



Kolkata: He is back. Gautam GambhirThe man under whose leadership Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014 arrives in the city to guide the team in a new avatar.
“I have always said that KKR is not a franchise for me, but an emotion. I am very happy to be back,” the KKR mentor said on Thursday evening.
The former India opener, who reunited with KKR after seven long years, was aware of the expectations of the fans.
Gambhir joined the Knights in 2011 and remained with the team until 2017. During this period, KKR qualified for the IPL playoffs five times and also made the final of the now-defunct Champions League T20 in 2014.
“I know there will be expectations and I hope I live up to it and make the fans happy,” he said amid a rousing welcome at the airport terminal gate.
Gambhir, who rejoined the Purple Brigade after a two-year stint with Lucknow Super Giants, got the feel of the Australian fast bowler. Mitchell StarcWho was bought by KKR in the last auction for a huge amount of Rs 24.75 crore, this time he will be the X-factor of the team.
“I don't think the price tag will be added pressure for him. I just hope he can do for KKR what he does for Australia in international cricket.
KKR's first practice session will be here Eden Gardens With the Indian players on Friday while their foreign cricketers will start arriving soon. KKR will start its campaign in the 2024 IPL on March 23 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at home.



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