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Gautam Gambhir Wants Players To Be Honest To Lucknow Super Giants In IPL 2022

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir shared a piece of advice for the budding Indian cricketers, who are under the assumption that IPL is a platform to play for the country.

After signing off from cricket as a player, former India opener Gautam Gambhir is ready to grace the field once again but in a new role. In the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the ex-cricketer will be seen mentoring new franchise Lucknow Super Giants, with KL Rahul leading the unit.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir: Playing For India Just The Byproduct

Sharing his thoughts on what he expects from the players who’ll be part of the franchise, Gautam Gambhir stated that he demands nothing less than absolute commitment.

The former India cricketer while speaking on ‘Backstage with Boria’  stated: “When I’ve captained, I have always said I don’t want players thinking of playing for India. I want players thinking of playing for the franchise. Playing for India is just the byproduct.”  

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

“If you think of playing for India and you start saying that Lucknow gives me that platform to play for India, then you are being dishonest to the franchise. But if you were to play for Lucknow and deliver it for Lucknow, eventually you will end up playing for India,” he added.

Gautam Gambhir tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms. Gautam Gambhir, a two-time IPL-winning captain for KKR will be serving as the mentor of the newly-integrated franchise in IPL 2022. The former India opener is known for his outspoken nature and never shies away from putting his message across loud and clear.

Gautam Gambhir: IPL Not A Platform To Go On And Pay for India But Is A Platform To Showcase Talent To The World

Gautam Gambhir also shared a piece of advice for the budding Indian cricketers, who are under the assumption that IPL is a platform to play for the country. He stated the lucrative T20 league is a platform to showcase the talent to the world instead.

“So probably in those two months, I would not want any of the players saying or thinking that my job or my ultimate aim is to play for India. Their ultimate aim for those two months is to win the tournament for the franchise. And if they look to do that with their performances, they will eventually go on to play for India.”

KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis. (Photo: Twitter)
KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, Marcus Stoinis. (Photo: Twitter)

“And IPL is not a platform to go on to play for India. IPL is a platform to showcase your talent to the world, and that is how players should think about it,” Gambhir added. 

Meanwhile, apart from KL Rahul, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and uncapped Indian spinner Ravi Bishnoi are part of the franchise. Lucknow Super Giants mentor Gautam Gambhir explained the reason behind the team picking KL Rahul, Marcus Stoinis and Ravi Bishnoi ahead of the IPL 2022 Auction.

Gautam Gambhir said that the player KL Rahul has been consistent over the last few years and is also a leader and can also keep wickets and that it was a no-brainer choice. Gautam Gambhir then went on to talk about Marcus Stoinis and said that there aren’t many quality all-rounders around and that Marcus Stoinis has been brought in mainly to play the finisher role.

Gautam Gambhir also spoke about Ravi Bishnoi and said that the player is a wicket-taker and that him being uncapped was another factor in the team choosing him. Lucknow has opted to go with KL Rahul (Rs 17 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 9.2 crore), and Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 4 crore) for IPL 2022. The Lucknow team will head to the IPL 2022 auction with a purse of INR 59.89 crores.

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