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The Kind Of Bond I Have With The KKR Franchise Is Something Really Special To Me – Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill

Young opening batsman Shubman Gill has said that the bond he has with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is “something really special” for him.

Gill who was roped in by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 was released by the franchise ahead of the Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction. The players retained by the franchise are Indian spinner Varun Chakravarthy, West Indies spinner Sunil Narine, Indian all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer and West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell.

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Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Credits: IPL

Meanwhile, Gill said that if it is possible he will play for Kolkata Knight Riders forever.

The kind of bond I have with the KKR franchise is something really special to me, Once you’re associated with a franchise you would want to carry on and play with them forever… And if I would be able to play in purple and gold, I would play forever,” Gill said in a short film titled ‘Love, Faith and Beyond’.

The 11-minute short film ‘Love, Faith and Beyond’ is a tribute by Kolkata Knight Riders to its best players who were a part of the team.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill. Credits: IPL

Shubman Gill further added that every year it’s not possible to have “all your best friends in one team”. He said:

Not every year you can have all the best teammates or all the best players or all your best friends in one team. Instead of cribbing about the fact that we don’t have them we should cherish the time that we had with them.”

Gill was once seen as the future skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders and he smashed 203 runs in his first season for the franchise at a strike rate of 146.04. However, later his performance went downhill and overall he has played 58 games for the purple and gold franchise and has scored 1417 runs at a strike rate of 123.00.

There Are So Many Players You Want To Retain But It Just Does Not Work That Way – MD & CEO, KKR Venky Mysore

Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer
Credits: IPL

Meanwhile, MD & CEO, KKR Venky Mysore said that they wanted to retain many players but it doesn’t work like that. He said:

“Ideally, there are so many players you want to retain but it just does not work that way, They are a bunch of highly talented kids, very motivated, grounded and have a deep desire to succeed.”

Also, Assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders Abhishek Nayar said that the youngsters Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna and Kamlesh Nagarkoti will never forget the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise. He reasoned:

 “A Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna and Kamlesh Nagarkoti will never forget this franchise, as it stood by them when no one else did. When KKR invested in the youngsters, their vision was purely for the guys to feel more connected to the franchise. KKR wanted the players to know that it was about the franchise caring for the players and helping them grow & become better cricketers.”

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