In a recent development for IPL 2024, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir is set to make a comeback, but this time not as a player, but as a part of the support staff for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Reports from Danik Jagron have unveiled that the mentor of Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) will be lending his expertise to the KKR squad in the upcoming seasons.
Gautam Gambhir’s rendezvous with KKR franchise owner Shahrukh Khan added weight to these speculations. The reports suggest that the two engaged in discussions regarding this matter at Shahrukh Khan’s Mumbai residence. Previous rumors hinted at such a development, and now it seems they were not unfounded.
Initial reports indicated that Gautam Gambhir expressed his desire to leave the franchise, leading to negotiations with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) management for IPL 2024.
Should these reports indeed prove accurate, it will mark a homecoming for the former Indian cricketer. Gambhir originally joined KKR in 2011 and played a pivotal role in making the franchise one of the most successful teams in the league. Under his leadership, KKR secured IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, establishing their dominance. His return to the team could provide a significant boost, as KKR has encountered difficulties in recent seasons.
In a separate development for IPL 2024, the Lucknow Super Giants have secured former Australian head coach Justin Langer as their head coach for the upcoming season. The franchise confirmed this announcement on their social media platforms.
This decision followed the conclusion of Andy Flower’s two-year contract with Lucknow Super Giants after IPL 2023, resulting in the franchise parting ways with him. This vacancy prompted the franchise to search for a new coach, and according to reports from Cricbuzz, Gautam Gambhir recommended Justin Langer for the position.
This marks Langer’s inaugural IPL coaching stint. His coaching career boasts impressive achievements, including leading Australia to victory in the T20 World Cup 2021 and guiding the Perth Scorchers to three Big Bash League titles within the first four years of the competition.