Ryan ten Doeschate the greatest team man I have ever played with: Gautam Gambhir
By SMCS - Mar 20, 2024 1:00 pm
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Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor Gautam Gambhir has referred to former Netherlands cricketer Ryan ten Doeschate as the greatest team man he has ever played with. Gambhir also added that he learned the virtue of selflessness from Ten Doeschate during his stint with KKR in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Meanwhile, Ten Doeschate was signed by KKR at the IPL 2011 auction, becoming the first associate player to be awarded a contract in the IPL where he played for KKR from 2011 to 2015, scoring 326 runs and claiming two wickets as well.

Ryan ten Doeschate

Speaking at the KKR jersey launch event for IPL 2024, Gambhir said: “When I talk about selflessness, the greatest team man I have ever played with, the most selfless human being, someone I can take a bullet for, someone I can trust for life… In 2011, my first game as a KKR captain, we only had four overseas players available. This man had a fabulous 50-over World Cup. We went into that game with only three overseas players. He was carrying drinks in that game with no disappointment on his face. He taught me selflessness – Ryan ten Doeschate. These are people who taught me to be a leader.”

However, Gautam Gambhir also named the West Indies duo Andre Russell and Sunil Narine as two people from whom he learned a lot.
He also said that he got to learn a lot about being a captain from Russell.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir

“I did not make KKR successful. It was KKR that made me a successful leader. KKR for me was never about purple and gold and that two stars which you see on the jersey. It was far more beyond that. First, KKR meant passion, KKR meant honesty, it meant sacrifice and selflessness,” Gambhir said. “There is this young man, who had put his body on the line every time he’s gone on to the cricket field and wore this jersey – Dre Russ [Andre Russell]. He taught me a lot of things as a leader,” he added.

“When I talk about sacrifice, this young, shy boy who came in 2012, did not utter a word. I had seen his struggles; he has gone through so much in this jersey. From being reported to being banned from playing the Champions League final to remodeling his action, coming back and doing the same stuff year after year. That is Sunil Narine,” Gautam Gambhir concluded.