Gambhir, who led the Knight Riders to 2 titles in 2012 and 2014, will join the two-time champions as their mentor and work closely with their head coach Chandrakant Pandit.
Gambhir penned down an emotional note as he left Lucknow Super Giants:
“As I announce the end of my impeccable journey with Lucknow Super Giants, I am filled with love and immense gratitude towards all the players, coaches, support staff and every individual who has made this journey memorable.”
“I would like to thank Dr. Sanjiv Goenka for his inspiring leadership while creating this remarkable franchise and for his tremendous support to all my endeavours. I’m sure that the team will do wonders in the future and will make every LSG fan proud. All the very best LSG brigade!”
Kolkata Knight Riders Welcomes Gautam Gambhir
Here’s what Gautam Gambhir said on his emotional return to Kolkata Knight Riders:
“I am not an emotional person and not many things move me. But this is different. This is back to where it all started. Today, there is a lump in my throat and fire in my heart as I think about slipping into that purple and gold jersey once again. I am not only coming back to KKR but I am coming back to the city of joy. I am back. I am hungry. I am number 23. Ami KKR.”
During his impactful tenure with KKR from 2011 to 2017, Gambhir contributed to the team’s historic success. The team secured the title twice, made it to the playoffs on five occasions, and reached the finals of the Champions League T20 in 2014. After his stint with KKR, Gambhir played for the Delhi Capitals before assuming the mentorship role with LSG.