Nitish Rana Reveals The Message He Received From Gautam Gambhir When He Joined KKR as a Mentor


Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batter Nitish Rana recently shared a heartwarming message he received from former KKR captain and mentor, Gautam Gambhir, on November 22, 2023. This memorable exchange took place shortly after Gambhir was announced as the mentor for the KKR team in the IPL 2024 season.

The Text Message From Gautam Gambhir That Left an Indelible Mark

As the Knight Riders clinched their third IPL title by convincingly defeating SunRisers Hyderabad in the final, Nitish Rana reflected on the pivotal role Gambhir played behind the scenes. Rana had sent a congratulatory message to Gambhir when the latter’s appointment as mentor was confirmed. In response, Gambhir’s words resonated deeply with Rana:

“Thank You Nitish For This Msg. This means a lot. Lets Create Something Special. There is no better feeling in sport to stand on a podium and win a trophy. Lets experience that.”

These simple yet powerful words encapsulated Gambhir’s unwavering determination and commitment to success. For Rana, it was an unforgettable moment—one that symbolized the team’s collective goal and the desire to lift the coveted IPL trophy.

The Gambhir Effect

Gautam Gambhir’s influence on the KKR squad was palpable throughout the season. Under his mentorship, the team played like champions, finishing at the top of the points table during the league stage and remaining

unbeaten in the playoffs. Gambhir’s favorites—Sunil Narine and Andre Russell—excelled, showcasing their talent and resilience.

Rana’s admiration for Gambhir began long before the mentorship role. In a tweet from November 22, 2023, Rana expressed his excitement about working with his idol:

“Now, having him as our mentor at @KKRiders is nothing short of a dream. His leadership led to glory, and I can’t wait to learn and grow under his guidance.”

For KKR fans, the reunion of Gambhir and the franchise was a cause for celebration. The team’s third IPL title was a testament to their collective effort, with Gambhir’s mentorship playing a pivotal role. As they stood on the podium, trophy in hand, Rana’s memory of that heartfelt message from Gambhir served as a poignant reminder of their shared journey.

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