IPL Auction 2018: Here’s why KKR didn’t bid or use RTM for Gautam Gambhir

India veteran Gautam Gambhir returned to Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when he was bought for Rs 2.80 crore during the mega-auction in Bengaluru on Saturday.


Kolkata Knight Riders decided not to bid or use their Right to Match to retain Gambhir, who spent 7 years with the Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise.

Social media was filled with rage; first due to Gambhir’s low price and secondly due to KKR ignoring him in the auction.


Gautam Gambhir IPL

Finally, the reason behind Gautam not being a part of the Kolkata franchise is revealed and you’ll be surprised to know it.

Well, KKR management had already decided to rope in Gambhir in their team but it was due to the cricketer itself that they didn’t bid for him. Gambhir had already told the owners not to bid for him or retain him through RTM card because he wanted to try some new avenues and challenges.

They didn’t want to come in between Gambhir’s aspirations, so they let him go.

Venky Mysore, the Managing Director of KKR, clarified the same through a video; he also congratulated Gambhir.

Later, as his move back to the Delhi Daredevils got confirmed, the left-hander took to Twitter and posted a video thanking KKR fans for all their love and support throughout his 7-year stay while also expressing delight on rejoining his home side.

“Thanks kkr for all d support. Will miss Kolkata and Eden. Now, time to try and turn it around for Delhi Daredevils @IPL. Happy to be back…”, Gambhir tweeted.

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