There Was A Dog-Fight For Gautam Gambhir: Venky Mysore Reveals How KKR Signed The Opener

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has revealed their bid wars for former captain Gautam Gambhir in 2011. Gautam Gambhir is the most celebrated skipper in KKR’s history winning the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014. He was got in the squad after KKR didn’t retain Sourav Ganguly after 3 poor years under his captaincy. They finished at 6th position in the first season, finishing last in the 2nd season, and then ending at the 6th position in the third season. The decision to rope in Gambhir with the captaincy for KKR proved to be very successful for them as

There Was A Dog-Fight For Gautam Gambhir: Venky Mysore Reveals How KKR Signed The Opener
gautam gambhir, IPL 2012, 2014, KKR

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore has revealed their bid wars for former captain Gautam Gambhir in 2011. Gautam Gambhir is the most celebrated skipper in KKR’s history winning the IPL twice in 2012 and 2014. He was got in the squad after KKR didn’t retain after 3 poor years under his captaincy.

They finished at 6th position in the first season, finishing last in the 2nd season, and then ending at the 6th position in the third season. The decision to rope in Gambhir with the captaincy for KKR proved to be very successful for them as he brought glory to Kolkata based side.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir, PTI

Venky Mysore revealed his nerves on his first IPL auction

Venky Mysore who had just joined in 2011 with Kolkata Knight Riders was nervous on his first auction because the board had laid all the responsibilities on him. He had just made major decision to not retain Sourav Ganguly in the team and also had the responsibility to sign someone who could lead KKR to triumph.

“Obviously, I didn’t know Gautam Gambhir at all, before we picked him. There were a lot of unforgettable moments in KKR’s history as far as I am concerned. The first auction that I was going to in 2011, we had made our plans. With me, one of the things I always drive is that we are not always fixated on one plan. We have plan A, plan B, Plan C because that is the capricious nature of the auctions.  

Kieron Pollard, Venky Mysore
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“I thought we were very well prepared but still we were quite nervous. It was my first auction, and I was sitting there. The owners took a call that this is your baby, your project, you run it, your plan, you go and execute.

“That has been the thing with KKR ever since I have been involved. Jay and Juhi – they come and sit at the table. But they don’t get involved with making any decisions at the table. We brief them completely, we have discussions and they have their own ideas. Ultimately, they say it is your call. You guys have thought it through more than we can,” Mysore explained.

There was a dog-fight for signing Gautam Gambhir: Venky Mysore

The KKR CEO revealed how tough it was for them to sign Indian star batsman Gautam Gambhir, which forced them to go into a bidding war in the auction. He revealed his nerves getting the better off him which he calmed down by talking to himself.

“I was sitting there, and I was hoping, and I was saying my prayers and my heart was beating. I was seeing the most familiar faces of other teams and their ownerships and they were all occupying their respective tables. Then I was saying to myself, this is like a warm-up… like a batsman takes a few knock-downs when they come to bat. So, I was thinking to let a few names come to the auctions that we are not interested in and see what happens.

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IPL auction (Credits: Twitter)

“Lo and behold, the first name in 2011 auctions Gautam Gambhir – the very first name that came in. It was unbelievable. We were quite determined. We had budgets and circuit break-up pricing in our strategies. My instinct said that it was the right thing to do. Even though it exceeded our circuit break-up because the Kochi team was equally motivated. There was a dog-fight for that. The rest is history,” Mysore signed off.

KKR have reached UAE  for the IPL 2020 and are being captained by . The IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE.

The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The tournament was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation.

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