The new Lucknow franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has roped in Gautam Gambhir in its support staff. The two-time IPL winning captain will join the team as a mentor. The news was confirmed by franchise owner Sanjiv Goenka on Saturday (December 18). "Yes, we have taken him," Goenka confirmed.
Gambhir's appointment is the second major announcement by Goenka's RPSG Group, which bought the franchise for INR 7090 crore in October. The former captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals joins Andy Flower, who was earlier appointed as the head coach of the side.
Welcoming Gambhir, Goenka appreciated the 'impeccable career record' of the former India opener. "I respect his cricketing mind and look forward to working with him," the franchise owner said in a statement.
Gambhir added, "Thanks a lot to Dr. Goenka and the RPSG Group for presenting me this wonderful opportunity in their setup. The fire to win a contest still burns bright inside me, the desire to leave a winner's legacy still kicks me 24x7. I will not be contesting for a dressing room but for the spirit and soul of Uttar Pradesh."