Kolkata, Mar 8: Gautam Gambhir will lead the Kolkata Knight Riders in the fourth season of the Indian Premier League. The decision was announced by the Shahrukh Khan owned franchisee. Incidentally Gambhir was the most expensive player at the January auction. KKR lapped him up for $2.4 million.
Given the anger in Kolkata over the franchisee's decision to not to bid for Sourav Ganguly, who eventually remained unsold, it will be a tought ask for Gambhir to lead the team in front of the vociferous Kolkata crowd.
He has previously led Delhi Daredevils in the second and third editions of the Indian Premier League. Apart from that he also led the Indian team in the absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the ODI series against New Zealand in 2010. India drubbed New Zealand 5-0 in the series.
KKR, a high profile franchisee in the IPL has had a dismal performance in the previous three seasons of IPL and have always been mired in controversy regarding their captaincy. The team has never made it to the top-four of the lucrative twenty-twenty tournament.
The team has shelled out huge amounts of money to receive the services of Gambhir, Yousuf Pathan and Brett Lee to bolster their chances of making it big in the tournament. It remains to be seen if Gambhir's appointment as captain can change the team's fortune.