IPL 2024: Navjot Singh Sidhu lauds Gautam Gambhir after KKR secure IPL playoffs berth

    In a stunning display of prowess, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have continued their impressive streak in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024, securing a spot in the playoffs ahead of any other team this season. Their recent victory over the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the iconic Eden Gardens showcased their unwavering determination and skill. Contrasting starkly with their previous season’s performance, where they languished at seventh place on the points table, the Knight Riders have undergone a remarkable transformation this year.

    Displaying a newfound vigor and unity, they have emerged as a formidable force in the league stage. Leading the points tally with an impressive 19 points from 13 matches, the team’s resurgence has drawn praise from none other than former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu. He attributes this remarkable turnaround to the astute leadership of Gautam Gambhir from the dugout.

    Observing the remarkable transformation, Sidhu stepped up to commend Gambhir, expressing his view that when faced with challenges, Gambhir consistently elevates his performance.

    “I have seen Gautam Gambhir gets inspired when the situation gets tough. He starts advising and that’s how it should be. Anybody can be a pilot when the sea is calm but you only learn when in adverse situations,” Sidhu said on Star Sports.

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    Gambhir’s influence on KKR legacy in IPL

    KKR clinched the IPL title in 2012 and 2014, both times under the captaincy of Gambhir. He joined KKR in the 2011 edition and led the team to victory by defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the following season. After a one-year interval, the Knight Riders emerged victorious once more, defeating Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the final.

    Gambhir’s leadership acumen, paired with his batting mastery, propelled him to amass 3035 runs and 27 half-centuries in 108 appearances for the franchise, cementing his enduring influence on KKR’s IPL legacy.

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