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Twitter reacts as Lucknow IPL franchise names Gautam Gambhir the team mentor for IPL 2022

Gautam Gambhir has previously been an IPL and a World Cup winner

Former Indian opening batsman and two-time World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir has been appointed the mentor of the Lucknow IPL franchise, which only recently also confirmed the appointment of Andy Flower as the head coach.

Lucknow franchise is owned by Sanjeev Goenka who has had the experience of running an IPL team in the past as he owned the Rising Pune Supergiant for a couple of years in 2016 and 2017 when CSK and Rajasthan Royals were banned from the league.

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Even when he was the owner of RPSG, Goenka was always very firm and clear in his decision-making and it was only after one average season, he had sacked India’s greatest ever limited-overs captain MS Dhoni to give the captaincy duties to Steve Smith.

Goenka, in his second stint, has now turned to two outstanding and proven leaders in Andy Flower and Gautam Gambhir, both of whom have delivered results in leadership roles in the past.  Gambhir is one of the few three captains in the history of the IPL who have won two or more IPL titles, while Flower has got a wealth of coaching experience both at the international and the franchise level.

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The news of Gambhir’s appointment as Lucknow mentor was broken by the Indian journalist Boria Majumdar earlier today.

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Equation between Andy Flower and Gautam Gambhir will be interesting to see

Only issue that might occur with both Gautam Gambhir and Andy Flower in the same dressing room is that both of them have been authoritative leaders and would want a fair bit of control over the decision-making.

Since this is the first year of the Lucknow franchise in the league, plenty of decisions have to be made regarding the construction of the team and the franchise would want to define the roles of Gambhir and Flower clearly to make sure no power tussle takes place at any stage.

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After his appointment, Gambhir released a statement saying that the spirit to be a winner at the highest level is still there in him, and he is thankful for the opportunity that has been given to him to contest for the “soul of Uttar Pradesh”.

Gambhir, since his retirement as a player a couple of years ago, has mostly been involved with television commentary and punditry. This is the first time since his retirement as a player that he is going to hold some sort of position in the support staff of an IPL team. Here is how Twitter reacted at Gambhir’s appointment as Lucknow mentor –

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Abhishek

I write a bit on cricket and I am more interested in technical and tactical side of the game, rather than bravado.

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