Ex-cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir could soon become a co-owner of an Indian Premier League (IPL). The former India opener is one of the finest openers to have played for India. He has an impressive track record in international cricket as well as in IPL. Gautam Gambhir will be always remembered for being the top-scorer in the final of the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 50-over World Cup.
As far as IPL is concerned, he plied his trade for two teams – Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders. He started his journey in IPL with his home based franchise and played for them for three years. In 2011, he was signed up by Kolkata Knight Riders and it started a highly successful journey for the batsman as well as the team.
In 2018, he was signed up by Delhi Capitals once again but his comeback did not turn out as expected. He was named the captain of the team but failed to do well and was dropped from the playing eleven after six games. Gambhir soon announced his retirement from all forms of the game. But the legendary opener is now all set to restart his association with Delhi Capitals and this time as a co-owner.
According to The Times of India, Gambhir has been in talks with the GMR group, which owns 50 % stake in the team, for the last couple of months. The rest 50% is owned by JSW Sports. Gambhir is reportedly keen on buying 10% stake, which could be pegged to a value of Rs 100 crore. According to the report, the negotiations are as good as over and they are waiting for a clearance from the governing council of IPL, which is owned by BCCI.
JSW bought 50% stake in the team for Rs 550 crore last year and changed the name of the team to Delhi Capitals from Delhi Daredevils. Gambhir is yet to make a comment on the development but the team confirmed that talks are on and said the details would be made public after a formal signing of the agreement.
“The matter has been discussed for the last few months and it is only a matter of days,” a source told the news outlet.
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Gambhir is one of the most decorated batsmen and captains in the IPL. He enjoyed his most successful spell in the league with the Knight Riders between 2011 and 2017. Under Gambhir’s captaincy, the Knight Riders qualified for the IPL playoffs and also made it to the Champions League Twenty20 for the first time in 2011.
He eventually led the side to their first title in 2012 by beating defending champions Chennai Super Kings. Two years later, he led the team to their second title, making the Knight Riders one of the most successful teams in the leagues. Gambhir was also the batting mainstay of the side since joining the side. In the seven seasons, he scored 3,035 runs with the help of 27 half-centuries.