Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir was roped in as the mentor of Lucknow Super giants ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Gambhir won two IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders and is among the successful captains of the IPL. The franchise picked KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi and Marcus Stoinis as draft picks heading into the mega auction.
With this being the last mega auction for a length of time, the franchise would look to get together a strong squad for the future. Gambhir being the mentor will have the responsibility to identify players who can come up with performances and help their side win in the process. He spoke about the auction strategy of Lucknow with sports journalist Boria Majumdar.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to create a legacy and create something which has never been created before. We don’t want to copy anyone; we need to have our own template, we need to have our own legacy as well. And what better than when you have no baggage,” said Gambhir in a discussion with journalist Boria Majumdar on his show ‘Backstage with Boria’.
“Sanjiv (Goenka) sir, when he had Pune (franchise), they missed winning the title by one run. So it’s going to be a great challenge if we can finish that unfinished business as well but then we can’t promise that it’s going to happen in one year. It’s a long-term prospect as well. It’s not going to be something like we are going to think only for this year,” he added.
The former KKR skipper also opened up on the reason behind buying Ravi Bishnoi. He was signed up for 4 Crores. The leg spinner impressed one and all with his performance for Punjab Kings in IPL 2020 and 2021.
Ravi Bishnoi Is A Wicket-Taking Option For Lucknow: Gautam Gambhir
“Ravi Bishnoi, from that point of view, made a lot of sense as well. He is young, he is a wicket-taking option and he is got to be your sure-shot guy playing in the playing XI; he can bowl at different stages of the game. More importantly, he is an uncapped player as well. So from every sense, it made a lot of logic for us to actually get him on board so that we can develop him going forward,” elaborated the former Kolkata Knight Riders captain.
The IPL 2022 mega auction will be held on February 12-13 in Bengaluru.