Gautam Gambhir has openly stated his liking for Delhi Daredevils (DD) despite having a great seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)    AFP
Gautam Gambhir has openly stated his liking for Delhi Daredevils (DD) despite having a great seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) AFP

Gautam Gambhir is regarded as one of most successful captains in Indian Premier League (IPL), having won the silverware with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) twice in 2012 and 2014. Prior to this, Gambhir played for Delhi Daredevils (DD) since the inception of this famous Twenty20 (T20) league in India. But amidst the buzz of the ongoing 10th season of IPL, Gambhir has openly declared that he is still a Delhi boy at heart and that he would love to again be a part of the Delhi-based franchise. According to the rules set by The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), all players will be released from their respective franchises for the next season thereby going under the hammer in a fresh auction.

Talking on the same lines before KKR s game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Gambhir was quoted by Indian Express as saying, I think my heart is still with Delhi. I played for three years for Delhi (Daredevils). Somewhere, deep within my heart, I d love to finish with Delhi. Though I am the captain of Kolkata Knight Riders and would want them to win it for the third time, but since I m a Delhi boy too, I obviously want Delhi Daredevils to do well as well.

It was during the fourth season of IPL that Gambhir made a sensational move from DD to KKR for a whopping price of INR. 11.04 CR. Gambhir also led DD but due to a string of poor results, Gambhir was released by his former team, eventually finding home at the Kolkata-based franchise.

The 35-year-old was at the peak of his career when he played for DD, having scored 1,097 runs across the first three seasons and he hopes to somehow find a way back in again. But since his time at KKR, the left-handed opener has amassed 2,632 runs including 501 last year (IPL 2016).

It is to be seen how DD management goes about their former opener s comments but the question that also arises hand-in-hand is will KKR let go of their most successful skipper in the auctions next year?