Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Gautam Gambhir has made a comeback to the franchise in a new role as mentor. KKR also broke the bank for Australian pacer Mitchell Starc to land a successful bid of ₹24.75 crore in the last auction for the mega event.

Expectations will be high of both. Gambhir is expected to help KKR reclaim the lost glory. However, the pressure will be more on Starc because of the whooping amount in which he has been bought by the franchise.

Meanwhile, Gambhir’s expectation from Starc is crystal clear.

“I had already said on the auction table that Starc is an X-factor and I am sure he is going to deliver. And there is no such pressure of a price tag. I hope that what he has done in international cricket, he can do the same for KKR,” said Gambhir after arriving in Kolkata.

“KKR is not a franchise, it’s an emotion for me. I hope I live up to the expectation, and I am sure we’ll try and make Kolkata proud and that’s what we are going to do,” he added.