Gambhir returns to Kolkata Knight Riders as team mentor

Gautam Gambhir, who was captain when Kolkata Knight Riders won the IPL in 2012 and 2014, has linked up with the franchise as the team's mentor, starting with the upcoming season in 2024 with no fixed period decided on yet.

I am not an emotional person and not many things move me. But this is different. This is back to where it all started. Today, there is a lump in my throat and fire in my heart as I think about slipping into that purple and gold jersey once again.
Gambhir said in a statement.

Gambhir, a T20 (2007) and ODI (2011) World Cup champion, joined Knight Riders in 2011 and was with the team till 2017. During the period, Knight Riders qualified for the IPL playoffs five times and also reached the final.

Gautam has always been part of the family and this is our captain coming back home in a different avatar as a 'Mentor'
Team co-owner Shah Rukh Khan noted.

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Knight Riders, one of the few teams to have been a part of every edition of the IPL since its inception in 2008, reached the IPL final, where they lost to Chennai Super Kings, in 2021, but have since finished seventh in both 2022 and 2023.