Sheldon Jackson credited former India opener Gautam Gambhir for supporting him and selecting him in the Kolkata Knight Riders team when no one knew him. The Saurashtra wicketkeeper-batsman, who has been a regular fixture in domestic cricket, never really got a break on the big stage, be it for India or the Indian Premier League. It was Gambhir during the latter part of his days as the captain of KKR who picked the right-handed batsman and handed him his IPL debut in 2017.
Jackson said that he always looks up to Gambhir and idolizes the two-time IPL winning captain, who was part of the Lucknow Super Giants support staff last year.
“Gautam Gambhir really made me who I am today. He picked me from the Ranji Trophy team and he supported me back when no one knew me. He took me to KKR and groomed me. He is my idol. Here Even if to this day if I want to talk to him, he’s the one person I always look up to,” Jackson told Sportskeeda.
Jackson has since been a part of KKR’s set-up. However, the right-handed batsman hasn’t really got regular opportunities. After four matches in 2017, he had to wait for 5 years to get his next chance in the IPL. He managed to play 5 matches in IPL 2022 without making much impact with the bat.
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Jackson, who averages over 50 in first-class cricket, credited former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for “advising” him in last year’s IPL. Harbhajan was part of the KKR set-up till last year before announcing his retirement in 2022.
“Last year I connected with Harbhajan Singh when he was with KKR and he gave me advice. He didn’t need to do that, he is a great player. But when I was not scoring and was short, then I spoke to him and he spoke with ease. Used to give his time. Because of such people you want to give yourself another try. Me and my family mean a lot to him.”
KKR are currently led by Shreyas Iyer, who incidentally replaced Gambhir as Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) when the latter stepped down from the role after back-to-back losses in the first few matches in IPL 2018. Were.
When asked to compare the captaincy of Gambhir and Iyer, Jackson said, “Both have the ability to get the best out of their players”.
“Both Gambhir and Shreyas are very different captains, but both have the ability to extract the best out of their players. Shreyas is very young in his captaincy. But the way he is and the way he is playing, wouldn’t be surprised if he wins championship for KKR or wherever he is captain.”