‘I’m a very difficult guy to manage’: Gambhir’s direct message to KKR bosses


"I'm a very difficult guy to deal with": Gambhir's direct message to KKR bosses

Shah Rukh Khan (left) and Gautam Gambhir© X (formerly Twitter)

Gautam Gambhir’s captaincy had once helped Kolkata Knight Riders carve their own niche with two IPL titles in the last decade and as the former Indian opener begins his new journey as a ‘team mentor “, the objective is to put them in a better position in relation to their current situation. Turning around the fortunes of a beleaguered team is nothing new for Gambhir, who had taken charge of KKR during the fourth season of the IPL after Shah Rukh’s co-owned team failed to reach the round of 16.

“I can assure you that whenever I leave this place (KKR), we will be in a much better position,” Gambhir said at a promotional event ahead of the upcoming IPL season.

The dashing former left-handed opener expressed his gratitude to KKR and its owner, Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, and his team for their immense support over the years.

“I want to make one thing clear. It was not me who made KKR successful, it was KKR who made me successful. KKR made me a leader,” he said .

Someone who wears his heart on his sleeve, Gambhir could be a real fuse and it will be interesting to see what kind of working relationship he forms with another volatile but highly successful national coach, Chandrakant Pandit.

“I am a very difficult guy to deal with. I have to thank SRK (Shah Rukh) and (Venky) Mysore (KKR managing director) for putting up with my tantrums all these years.” Gambhir, an elected MP from East Delhi, known for his outspokenness, said that the day he joined the KKR, Shah Rukh gave him a free hand. “He (SRK) told me the same thing as when I came in as a player. ‘It’s your franchise, it’s make or break’.”

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