Kolkata: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is not going to be specializing in Gautam Gambhir alone when their most profitable former captain leads Delhi Daredevils (DD) on the Eden Gardens in a big-ticket Indian Premier League (IPL) recreation right here on Monday, assistant coach Simon Katich mentioned.”I believe from our perspective, it is about performing nicely in opposition to the opposition. If you happen to begin taking part in the person fairly than the ball, you might be in hassle on this recreation,” Katich informed reporters on the eve of the sport.
”There are quite a lot of new faces within the workforce. There are guys who’ve joined from different groups, some kids so it is not the very same workforce that performed underneath Gautam for thus a few years.
“Sure there will probably be feelings concerned from I suppose Gautam’s perspective as a result of he had a incredible time right here as captain and was very profitable. We all know he will probably be up for the problem as three of the Sunrisers boys have been final night time (Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan),” Katich added.
Gambhir led KKR to 2 IPL triumphs in 2012 and 2014 and is their all-time highest scorer.
“Gautam is aware of our workforce inside out. He’ll know the wicket and circumstances very well. He is aware of about quite a lot of gamers who’ve been right here for a very long time,” Katich added.
On Saturday, KKR succumbed to their second straight defeat by the hands of SRH by 5 wickets. Delhi in the meantime tasted their first win of the season after three video games in opposition to Mumbai Indians.
“Within the final couple of video games, issues haven’t gone in keeping with plan with each bat and ball, significantly within the again finish. Final night time right here in Kolkata, we have been clearly 25-30 runs brief with the bat and that put us underneath stress with the ball.
“I believed the spinners final night time have been excellent. To be truthful to the batsmen yesterday, the rain breaks stored occurring, we by no means received any momentum in our innings. I believe from a batting perspective, our batsmen have all seemed actually good in the beginning of the event,” Katich assessed.
Put in to bat, KKR have been 52/1 when rain halted play for nearly an hour. The SRH bowlers led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar then turned the tables on the hosts as they have been restricted to 138/eight in 20 overs. Chasing a modest 139, SRH struggled in opposition to the KKR spinners however Kane Williamson performed a captain’s knock of 50 to information them over the road.
Katich backed under-fire KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik whose determination to ship top-order batsman Shubman Gill at No.7 and giving Shivam Mavi — each U-19 World Cup winners — the ball within the 15th over raised eyebrows.
“He has been actually good to date. Issues have not fairly gone to plan. However by way of how he settled in, he’s getting across the group. We now have quite a lot of kids. So he’s spending quite a lot of time chatting with kids. From a efficiency perspective, he would have preferred to get the workforce house a few occasions. He was attempting final night time, didn’t fairly go to plan. The hassle is there. His conserving has been glorious.”
First Printed: April 16, 2018, 9:17 AM IST