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Prior to the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction over the weekend, Gautam Gambhir had represented the Kolkata Knight Riders for seven years in the tournament.
However, while the Knight Riders did not retain him for the upcoming edition of the competition, they had plans to use a Right to Match Card (RTM Card) on him during the auction.
But, in a video posted on Twitter, the franchise’s CEO Venky Mysore claimed that Gambhir wanted a new challenge and didn’t want the franchise to bid for him or use their RTM Card on him.
The Indian opener was eventually picked up by the Delhi Daredevils for INR 2.8 crores.
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“He was very much in our plans for the auctions, RTM, but he had a conversation with us well before,” Mysore said. “He felt that there might be a different challenge before (him), we don’t know what it was. And (he) requested if we would refrain from bidding for him or using Right to Match. And we said we will never come in the way of anyone’s progress or anyone’s aspirations. We’re sorry to see him go, seven great years.”
With Gambhir having moved to the Daredevils, the franchise’s head coach, Ricky Ponting, has confirmed that the 36-year-old is likely to lead the team in this year’s IPL.
“We had a fair bit of thought into that. It is likely now that Gambhir will lead the team next season,” Ponting was quoted as saying by NDTV. “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.
“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.”