RPS vs KKR: Gautam Gambhir leads Kolkata Knight Riders for 100th time in Indian Premier League

first_imgGautam Gambhir added a personal milestone to his name on Wednesday when he took the field for Kolkata Knight Riders against the Rising Pune Supergiant at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.Gambhir featured in his 100th match for KKR as captain in the Indian Premier League.The 35-year-old Gambhir, who was bought by KKR for a whopping Rs 11.04 crore back in 2011, has been the captain ever since and has led the franchise to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014.The Delhi man has been an ever present figure for the franchise ever since being a part of it. Kolkata shuffled their whole squad six years back and he was brought in as the captain, replacing Kolkata’s beloved son Sourav Ganguly.KKR, who had three under-par seasons, showed great progress under the aggressive captaincy of Gambhir and finished fourth that season. The following season in 2012, he delivered the title and since then Kolkata has been one of the most consistent teams in the league.The left-hander has not only played some important knocks at the top of the order but has also installed a sense of determination and hunger for victory in the team and that was up for display few days back when Kolkata defended a mere total of 131, bowling out Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore for a paltry 49 – which is incidentally the lowest ever total in the history of the IPL. The 35-year-old has played 139 matches in the IPL, scoring 3,877 runs at an average of 31.52 with a best of 93. He has been in decent form this season as well with 243 runs from seven games, including two fifties. Gambhir also has the most number of fifties as captain with 25 fifties while Kohli is second with 21.advertisementKKR are currently second in the table with 10 points from seven games and have the chance to go on top if they beat Pune, thanks to their net-run-rate.Also Watch:last_img read more

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