Former Indian batsman and currently a Member of Parliament from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir has praised his former team Kolkata Knight Riders for supporting its players through their tough time.
KKR has retained Dinesh Karthik who had a very poor season in IPL 2020. The wicket-keeper batsman was even removed mid-season as their captain. However, in spite of all these happenings, Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise KKR has decided to back Karthik and he would be representing them in the IPL 2021 too.
Also, KKR released only five players – Tom Banton, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, M Siddharth and Siddhesh Lad – before the IPL 2021 auctions. This shows their support and confidence in their players.
In a convo with Star network, Gambhir appreciated this gesture of KKR especially towards Karthik.
Gautam Gambhir pointed out that the tendency to resist making wholesale changes at the drop of a hat separates the Kolkata-based franchise from RCB.
“Dinesh Karthik had a very bad season last year. He was also removed from the captaincy, but despite that if you have retained him, it shows that the franchise is backing you. And because of that your confidence increases, and that is the difference between KKR and RCB,” said Gautam Gambhir.
KKR have retained their core: Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir was happy that KKR kept their core intact and only released a few fringe players.
“I am in agreement with all those franchises who have not released too many players. It shows you have kept confidence in your players. This is called releasing just the excess baggage. So, it is not that surprising. The core is still there, they have not done too many changes,” said Gambhir
The south-paw believes that the Eoin Morgan-led side might target a few players in the auction to beef up their roster.
“They might probably take one or two players and might have their eyes on them, if they can get them. If you see, the playing XI is as it is. Probably all the players they have released were not part of their first playing-XI,” added Gautam Gambhir