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Gautam Gambhir posts cryptic tweet after Dinesh Karthik steps down as KKR captain

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by Wisden Staff 1-minute read

Not long after the news broke that Dinesh Karthik had handed over captaincy of Kolkata Knight Riders to Eoin Morgan, former KKR captain Gautam Gambhir posted a cryptic tweet.

In his tweet, Gambhir said: “It takes years to build a legacy but a minute to destroy it.” It’s unclear whether Gambhir was referring to Karthik stepping down, but the timing of his post made it curious.

Gambhir is KKR’s most succesful captain, leading them to the IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, in a seven-year stint at the franchise. However, he left the side in 2018, after telling them he wanted to pursue a new challenge, and joined Delhi Daredevils.

In a move that has echoes of what KKR are going through now under Karthik, Gambhir had a difficult IPL 2018 season, when he struggled so badly, he stepped down as captain and offered to forgo the fee the franchise owed him. Shreyas Iyer took charge of Delhi captaincy, and they’ve been on an upward curve since.

On Twitter, fans didn’t know what to make of his tweet. Some believed it had something to do with KKR’s captaincy move.

Others thought it had to do with Gambhir’s incumbent position as a BJP MP in Delhi.

Meanwhile, given Harbhajan Singh, the former India spinner, had just hours earlier tweeted a similarly cryptic tweet, some thought it was all linked.

By the end of it all, everyone was none the wiser.

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