‘KKR Under Gambhir hits differently’: Memes galore as Sunil Narine’s heroics leave DC stunned

'KKR Under Gambhir hits differently': Memes galore as Sunil Narine's heroics leave DC stunned (Photo Credits: X)

‘KKR Under Gambhir hits differently’: Memes galore as Sunil Narine’s heroics leave DC stunned (Photo Credits: X)

‘Mastermind Gautam Gambhir’: KKR fans can’t stop praising their mentor after Sunil Narine’s brilliance propelled the team to the second-highest total of 272 against DC.

Kolkata Knight Riders started the IPL 2024 season with a bang, remaining undefeated after two thrilling wins. And it is Gautam Gambhir who stands out as the beacon of their success. The former skipper, who led the franchise to two IPL triumphs, returned to his roots as a mentor and implemented some strategic changes in the team. Notably, Sunil Narine’s promotion to the opening slot alongside Philip Salt has proven to be a masterstroke so far, sparking brilliance for the two-time champions.

This strategic shift was put to the test in their recent clash against Delhi Capitals, where Narine unleashed a barrage of explosive shots, giving KKR a dream start. His spectacular knock of 85 runs off 39 balls, adorned with 7 fours and 7 sixes, took KKR past the 160-run mark before the 12th over.

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And seeing Narine’s resurgence after a tough phase in the last two seasons, KKR fans have started praising mentor Gambhir for injecting fresh vigor into the team and for his acumen in reviving the role of a seasoned all-rounder at the top of the order.

On social media, memes emerged depicting the stark contrast between KKR’s performance with and without Gambhir, further highlighting his central role. Previously, Gambhir mentored Lucknow Super Giants until 2022 before being handed the mentorship of Kolkata Knight Riders for the 2024 IPL season.

Meanwhile, the match in Visakhapatnam was a spectacle of pure carnage, with two hours of relentless ball-striking and agony for the Delhi Capitals bowlers. Narine’s blitzkrieg, complemented by Angkrish Raghuvanshi’s fifty, Russell’s powerful innings and Rinku Singh’s onslaught, almost saw KKR overtake Sunrisers Hyderabad’s mammoth total of 277. However, Kolkata settled for the second highest ever IPL total (272), largely thanks to Ishant Sharma’s tight bowling.

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But Delhi found themselves unable to keep up with the breakneck pace set by KKR. Although Rishabh Pant and Tristan Stubbs reached fifty, Varun Chakravarthy and Vaibhav Arora’s stellar performance took Kolkata to a resounding victory, winning the match by a staggering margin of 106 runs.

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