The youngster Shubman Gill, who played for IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) recently said that he would like to play for KKR forever. Gill was released by the KKR management as they retained the likes of Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, and Varun Chakravarthy. Gill is currently recovering from a shin injury, which has forced him to miss the crucial South Africa tour. Shubman Gill was among the likes of Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana to be released.
Shubman Gill reveals the special bond with KKR
The kind of bond I have with the KKR franchise is something really special to me,” Gill said in a short-film titled ‘Love, Faith and Beyond’, which is an 11-minute short film. It pays tribute to some of the best and the brightest talents who were a part of KKR family.
“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,” he added.
Shubman Gill was previously bought for Rs 1.8 crore ahead of IPL 2018 and was the 18-year-old, brimming with potential. Gill rose to prominence with KKR in the very first season where he scored 203 runs in 13 matches at a strike-rate of 146.04.
But later on, his form dipped and also saw a poor conversion rate while his strike rate too came down. He has so far played 58 matches for the franchise, scoring 1417 runs at a strike rate of 123.00.
“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 added.
MD & CEO KKR, Venky Mysore said that there are many players that the franchise wants to retain but it is not the way things work out.
While Assistant coach of KKR Abhishek Nayar said named the likes of Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who found a platform in KKR. He further stated that KKR wanted the players to know “that it was about the franchise caring for the players and helping them grow & become better cricketers.”