Today being the last day for the retention of former players, KKR seems unsure about retaining former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir.
With IPL auction just around the corner, the franchises have to submit their list of retained players to the IPL managing committee by Thursday, 4 January 2018. All teams look settled whereas KKR not sure about Gautam Gambhir.
Almost all the franchises have finalized their core group with Rohit Sharma again leading the defending champions Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni back at Chennai Super Kings; Australian captain Steve Smith is a sure-shot revival for Rajasthan Royals after having spent two years at the Rising Pune Supergiants.
David Warner looks certain to be in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s colours. The side can also retain the immensely talented Deepak Hooda by paying Rs. 3 crore for the uncapped player just like MI will be doing for Krunal.
But Delhi Daredevils are willing to bank on their young talent and are likely to retain Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant for the upcoming edition. However, the national capital side is yet to finalize on retention of the foreign players.
While Indian veteran Gautam Gambhir will have to wait till 4th January to find his fate. The 36-year-old, if not retained by the Kolkata based franchise, would fancy a chance to play for Delhi Daredevils once again.
In an exclusive interview, Gambhir said, “ I’m not aware of any such thing of KKR not retaining me. KKR is close to my heart… Delhi being my hometown I obviously wouldn’t mind playing for them… But I like I said, nothing has been finalized yet… As a professional cricketer, I’d turn up for any team.
IPL auction will take place on January 27-28 in Bengaluru.