The 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League(IPL) is set to see the addition of two new teams. Ahead of the start of yet another season of the mega event, former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has been appointed as the mentor by the new Lucknow franchise. On Saturday, December 18 RPSG Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka, who is the owner of the Lucknow franchise, confirmed the appointment as well. He also said that he is looking forward to working with the former India cricketer considering his impressive career records. The former cricketer has thus opened up on his appointment.
Gautam Gambhir opens up on the appointment
Following the appointment as the mentor, Gambhir took to his official Twitter account in order to express his thoughts on his appointment as the mentor. He stated that he is privileged to be a part of the game again and the fire to win still burns bright inside him.
“It’s a privilege to be in the contest again. Thanks, Dr. Goenka for incl me in #LucknowIPLTeam as its mentor. The fire to win still burns bright inside me, the desire to leave a winner’s legacy still kicks me. I won’t be contesting for a dressing room but for the spirit & soul of UP,” Gambhir’s Tweet read.
You can check out the Tweet below:
It’s a privilege to be in the contest again. Thanks Dr.Goenka for incl me in #LucknowIPLTeam as its mentor.The fire to win still burns bright inside me, the desire to leave a winner’s legacy still kicks me. I won’t be contesting for a dressing room but for the spirit & soul of UP
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 18, 2021
RPSG Group chairman Sanjiv Goenka had reflected on the appointment stating: “Gautam has an impeccable career record. I respect his cricketing mind and look forward to working with him.”
Gambhir has had a great run in the IPL. He is considered one of the most successful skippers of the cash-rich tournament. He led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL triumphs in the year 2012 and 2014. The batter has played 154 matches and scored 4217 runs at a strike rate of 123.88 in his IPL career.
Lucknow and Ahmedabad are the two new teams that will feature in the upcoming season of the IPL. The two new franchises have been given a window from December 1 to December 25 in order to pick the three players ahead of the mega auction. The existing franchises have already announced the list of their retained and released players last month. A total of 27 players were retained by the existing eight teams.
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