Gautam Gambhir Selects Most Cherished IPL Victory as KKR Mentor

With the 2024 IPL Trophy win, Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victorious thrice in this biggest T20 league. After 2012 and 2014, a long wait of 10 years, KKR lifted the IPL trophy. KKR now mentor then Captain Gautam Gambhir has witnessed all three victories. Amongst all, his favorite one is the 2012 IPL win as the first has always been special. Also with that, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer expressed his happiness as it was his first trophy and also said that this will give him motivation in the future to do very well so that they can win multiple times.

Down Memory Lane of KKR’s First IPL Trophy Win:

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In a historic moment in 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders clinched their inaugural IPL title by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Pursuing a challenging target of 191, KKR found heroes in opener Manvinder Bisla, who smashed 89 off 48 balls, and legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis, contributing 69 off 49. Captain Gautam Gambhir steered the team to victory.

During a recent interview, Gambhir swiftly singled out Kolkata Knight Riders’ inaugural IPL victory in 2012 as his favorite among the team’s three triumphs. With unwavering certainty, he highlighted the significance of that historic win in his cricketing journey. He said, “2012. Not just because I was the captain but because we had won for the first time. When you win the first time, you know what you need to do win an IPL final the next time. Until you win it for the first time, you always think of whether you can win it. Once you win it, you know that you can win it in the future as well. After 2012, people’s outlook towards KKR also changed because we have become IPL champions.” 

KKR’s triumphant return to MA Chidambaram Stadium for their third IPL victory stirred poignant memories for ex-captain turned mentor Gambhir. Reflecting on Venkatesh Iyer’s decisive role in the IPL 2024 final, Gambhir shared his overwhelming emotions. The resonance of winning the title at the same venue where they claimed their maiden triumph in 2012 added a profound layer of significance to the moment.

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He further said, “It was quite emotional and not just because we won the tournament. It was emotional because when we won for the first time that was also at Chepauk. I was captain when we won it. Six years later, returning to KKR and becoming mentor and winning the tournament at the same venue; lot of past memories. I don’t like to show a lot of emotions, but yeah there were feelings because I was returning to KKR after six years. It is very difficult to explain that nostalgic feeling.”

KKR’s Dominating Final Win:

In the IPL 2024 final, Kolkata Knight Riders showcased sheer dominance against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Opting to bowl first, KKR’s formidable bowling attack restricted SRH to a mere 113 runs. Their disciplined performance on the field, coupled with strategic bowling tactics, prevented SRH from building any substantial partnerships. In the chase, KKR’s batsmen unleashed an onslaught, swiftly reaching the target of 113 in just 10.3 overs. It was a display of sheer efficiency and prowess, solidifying KKR’s status as the deserving champions of the IPL.

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With the 2024 IPL Trophy win, Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victorious thrice in this biggest T20 league. After 2012 and 2014, a long wait of 10 years, KKR lifted the IPL trophy. KKR now mentor then Captain Gautam Gambhir has witnessed all three victories. Amongst all, his favorite one is the 2012 IPL win as the first has always been special. Also with that, KKR skipper Shreyas Iyer expressed his happiness as it was his first trophy and also said that this will give him motivation in the future to do very well so that they can win multiple times.

Down Memory Lane of KKR’s First IPL Trophy Win:

In a historic moment in 2012, Kolkata Knight Riders clinched their inaugural IPL title by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the final at MA Chidambaram Stadium. Pursuing a challenging target of 191, KKR found heroes in opener Manvinder Bisla, who smashed 89 off 48 balls, and legendary all-rounder Jacques Kallis, contributing 69 off 49. Captain Gautam Gambhir steered the team to victory.

During a recent interview, Gambhir swiftly singled out Kolkata Knight Riders' inaugural IPL victory in 2012 as his favorite among the team's three triumphs. With unwavering certainty, he highlighted the significance of that historic win in his cricketing journey. He said, "2012. Not just because I was the captain but because we had won for the first time. When you win the first time, you know what you need to do win an IPL final the next time. Until you win it for the first time, you always think of whether you can win it. Once you win it, you know that you can win it in the future as well. After 2012, people’s outlook towards KKR also changed because we have become IPL champions." 

KKR's triumphant return to MA Chidambaram Stadium for their third IPL victory stirred poignant memories for ex-captain turned mentor Gambhir. Reflecting on Venkatesh Iyer's decisive role in the IPL 2024 final, Gambhir shared his overwhelming emotions. The resonance of winning the title at the same venue where they claimed their maiden triumph in 2012 added a profound layer of significance to the moment.

He further said, "It was quite emotional and not just because we won the tournament. It was emotional because when we won for the first time that was also at Chepauk. I was captain when we won it. Six years later, returning to KKR and becoming mentor and winning the tournament at the same venue; lot of past memories. I don’t like to show a lot of emotions, but yeah there were feelings because I was returning to KKR after six years. It is very difficult to explain that nostalgic feeling."

KKR’s Dominating Final Win:

In the IPL 2024 final, Kolkata Knight Riders showcased sheer dominance against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Opting to bowl first, KKR's formidable bowling attack restricted SRH to a mere 113 runs. Their disciplined performance on the field, coupled with strategic bowling tactics, prevented SRH from building any substantial partnerships. In the chase, KKR's batsmen unleashed an onslaught, swiftly reaching the target of 113 in just 10.3 overs. It was a display of sheer efficiency and prowess, solidifying KKR's status as the deserving champions of the IPL.

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