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Knight Riders announce Gambhir as skipper

The Kolkata Knight Riders have announced Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir as their new skipper ahead of next months Indian Premier League.

Gambhir, who cost the Knight Riders a record 2.4 million dollars during the player auctions in January will take over from Sourav Ganguly who skippered the side during the first 3 IPLís.

The Knight Riders made the announcement via Twitter saying "We officially announce Gautam Gambhir as the Captain of our team for the upcoming IPL season. Delighted to have him lead the team."

Gambhir will take control of the team for the first time when they face the reigning champions the Chennai Super Kings on Friday, April 8th at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

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