“Can I bring my girlfriend to the IPL?” : Gautam Gambhir reveals KKR Star's first words

KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir insisted that Sunil Narine was always the 'MVP'.© X (Twitter)

Mentor of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir praised the versatile star Sunil Narine who helped the franchise win their Indian Premier League (IPL) title last week. Narine was named the 'Most Valuable Player' of IPL 2024 as KKR defeated SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the final last Sunday. Under Gambhir's mentorship, Narine rediscovered his magic touch, scoring 488 runs and picking up 17 wickets.

In a recent interaction, Gambhir spoke about his camaraderie with Narine and recalled the latter's early days in the KKR camp. Gambhir was the captain of KKR when they won the IPL in 2012 and 2014, respectively, with Narine playing a crucial role in both triumphs.

“Me and Narine are similar characters, as are our emotions. I still remember when Narine first came to the IPL in 2012, it was in Jaipur, and we were going to practice, and I told him told to come and have lunch with us He was so shy that he didn't say a single word during lunch, and the first question he finally asked was, “Can I bring my girlfriend to the IPL.” ?,” Gambhir said. Sportskeeda in an interview.

Gambhir suggested that he and Narine are similar people and also referred to the all-rounder as a brother.

“He was so quiet that first season, but now we can talk about everything. He's like a brother to me. I don't see him as a friend, I don't see him as a teammate, I see him as a friend .” a brother. If I need him or he needs me, I think we're just a phone call away, that's the kind of relationship we've built. We don't get very excited, we don't show too much emotion, we're not. flamboyant, we just do the job and come back,” he added.

Gambhir insisted that Narine has always been KKR's 'MVP'.

“What can I say about him? Even if he hadn't won the 'Most Valuable Player' award, he still would have been the MVP. You look at his stats, but he was KKR's MVP even before the start of the season. The world “I have seen his talent as an all-rounder and I am sure Narine still has a lot to give to KKR and world cricket,” he explained.

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