Gautam Gambhir’s selection as team mentor of the new Indian Premier League (IPL) Lucknow franchise on Saturday is a step toward creating an inclusive team environment “geared toward a culture of excellence,” according to RPSG Group owner Sanjiv Goenka. Gambhir is expected to serve as a consultant to the franchise, acting as a “guide hand” in terms of finalizing the team’s objectives and enhancing player performance.

In 2012 and 2014, the former India opener led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to two IPL victories. “Gautam will primarily serve as a motivator,” Goenka explained. “He’ll also assist in the long-term development of a franchise blueprint.” We were looking for folks who had a track record of success. Gautam has also been effective in grooming a generation of new players for KKR, which has benefited him.”

Gambhir will work with new head coach Andy Flower, giving Lucknow’s backroom a total of two no-nonsense former cricketers, each with extensive tactical knowledge and a reputation for taking the game seriously. They were also tenacious and fiery batters in their day. “Gautam portrays himself as a nonpartisan leader who is focused on results. Take a look at what he accomplished for KKR. “In general, we’d like the dressing room to be tailored toward a performing culture,” Goenka added.

The RPSG Group has already participated in the IPL with the Rising Pune Supergiant franchise, but Goenka claims that things are significantly different this time.

“It was only a two-year project. We were impatient, and we left a lot of things undone. Because few franchises have come in and succeeded in the first year, this (Lucknow) is geared toward the long run. Many other IPL clubs, including as the Delhi Capitals, have complained that the auction process has outlived its usefulness, with teams being compelled to give up players they have groomed from a young age or have prepared for the big time.”