Gautam Gambhir Was Exceptional Captain, His Planning Was Perfect: Yusuf Pathan
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Gautam Gambhir Was Exceptional Captain, His Planning Was Perfect: Yusuf Pathan

Kolkata, Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2018, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik
Gautam Gambhir has returned to old-franchise Delhi Daredevils after serving Kolkata, Photo Credit: IPL.

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most sought after Indian players when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bought him in 2011 and handed him the reigns of the side. Gambhir not only brought out the best from his players but also helped the franchise clinch success in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

KKR have also opted for a balanced side than a star-studded line-up. But their initial success came in the year 2012 after they clinched the IPL trophy. The franchise was looked as one of the most consistent as they clinched their second title in 2014 under the captaincy of Gautam Gambhir.

Robin Uthappa
KKR Openers Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa. (Photo: BCCI)

Gautam Gambhir was an exceptional captain and his planning was perfect: Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan played for the KKR from 2011 to 2017. During this time he watched Gambhir closely and knew how he handled his players. Yusuf Pathan said Gambhir was an exceptional captain, whose planning was up to the marks. Besides that, he also used to back players and interact with support staff and team management.

“I played seven years for KKR under Gautam Gambhir. He was an exceptional captain and his planning was perfect and he used to back us a lot.

Gautam Gambhir Was Exceptional Captain, His Planning Was Perfect: Yusuf Pathan
Gautam Gambhir and poses with the IPL trophy along with Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan (ESPN Cricinfo)

Gambhir was a part of the KKR franchise till 2017.