[caption id="attachment_672346" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-672346" alt="Gautam Gambhir BCCI" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Gautam-Gambhir-AFP.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Gautam Gambhir BCCI[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>In the inaugural edition of <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Indian-Premier-League" target="_blank">Indian Premier League</a> (IPL) 2007, <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Gautam-Gambhir" target="_blank">Gautam Gambhir</a> opened his account playing for his home team, Delhi Daredevils (DD). He, however, shifted base to <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Kolkata-Knight-Riders" target="_blank">Kolkata Knight Riders</a> (KKR) who were struggling to live upto expectations in the opening seasons. Nonetheless, the tides changed significantly for the franchise. While KKR's title track Korbo Lorbo Jeetbo re (<em>Karenge, Ladenge, Jeetenge</em>) seemed insignificant till 2010 edition, Gambhir made it an instant hit with two title victories under his captaincy in 2012 and 2014 respectively. Since then, Gambhir has built a core side and led aggressively. <p></p> <p></p>Ahead of IPL auctions 2018, Gambhir is yet to get in touch with KKR team management. According to the new rules, every franchise have to submit a list of (five) players for retention prior to the auction in January 2018. The signs do not look encouraging, and we may see Gambhir donning a new jersey in the eleventh season. <p></p> <p></p>Ahead of Delhi's Ranji Trophy 2017-18 final versus Vidarbha, Gambhir spoke about all possibilities. <p></p> <p></p>"It is very surprising that I have not spoken to anyone (in KKR management). I don t know about myself (future with KKR). We ll probably sit and talk after the Ranji final. But yes I am (open to playing for any franchise). <strong>You have achieved so much for KKR. You have done whatever you could</strong>. <p></p> <p></p><strong>If things do not work out in future, the good part is that you are leaving a franchise on a good note</strong>, when it has become a successful franchise. Not when you were struggling. As a professional, <strong>you want different challenges</strong>. There is nothing wrong in it. That ll keep you motivated and hungry," told <em>Hindustan Times</em>. <p></p> <p></p>Gambhir sounded practical and is looking forward to building a new side in KKR (amidst several shuffling expected in auction). Nonetheless, he doesn't mind shifting base and part ways on a good note.