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The owner of the new Lucknow franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Sanjiv Goenka of the RPSG Group has said that Gautam Gambhir “will primarily have a motivational role to play” in the team.

Notably, on Saturday former Indian cricketer Gambhir who has won two World Cups as a player and two Indian Premier League (IPL) titles as a skipper was appointed as the mentor of the new Lucknow franchise.

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Goenka said that the former Indian opener will help the Lucknow franchise to create a blueprint.

Gautam will primarily have a motivational role to play, He will also help to create a blueprint for the franchise in the long term. We wanted to have people with a proven track record of success. Gautam has also successfully groomed a generation of youngsters for KKR and that went in his favour,” Goenka told TOI.

Lucknow IPL franchise have already appointed Andy Flower as Head Coach and Gautam Gambhir as a mentor in the team and both are genius former cricketers who have great knowledge of the game. Goenka lauded Gambhir for being ” a non-partisan leader ” and said:

Gautam has an image of being a totally non-partisan leader with a focus on results. Look at what he did for KKR. Fundamentally we would like the dressing room to be geared towards a culture of performance.

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RPS owner Sanjiv Goenka in line to buy one of the two new IPL teams. Photo- Twitter
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Notably, the RPSG Group was previously part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise for two years. Meanwhile, Goenka feels that they left many things unfinished during that period. He said:

“That was just a short two-year thing. We were impatient and left many things unfinished. This (Lucknow) is oriented towards the long term as not many franchises have come in and succeeded in the first year itself.”

If reports are to be believed opening batsman KL Rahul is set to be part of the Lucknow franchise and he will be leading the team.

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Goenka further added that the biggest inspiration for him is the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He said:

“I have to follow the system, I have no role in the rules and regulations. That said, the biggest inspiration for me is Mumbai Indians. What they have achieved, and how they have gone about it, is a template for not only other IPL teams but sports franchises worldwide.”

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