IPL newsfile April 24, 2014

Gambhir a knock away from striking form - Raman

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Gambhir a knock away from striking form - Raman
Gautam Gambhir hasn't had a memorable start with the bat in IPL 2014 with two ducks in as many games, but the Kolkata Knight Riders captain has the backing of coach WV Raman, who says he is just one innings away from striking form. Gambhir made an eight-ball duck in the opening game against Mumbai Indians and in the second game against Delhi Daredevils, he lasted only half those balls before he was caught at short fine leg.

"Gautam Gambhir is just one knock away from striking form," Raman was quoted in iplt20.com. "He is too good a player to allow this to happen for too long. Hopefully, he will get going sooner rather than later and once he gets going, you know what he is capable of. You know what has happened as far as results are concerned for KKR when he has got going. We are hoping that he will find his rhythm quickly."

Knight Riders began with a convincing win against Mumbai but went down in the last over to Delhi Daredevils in defence of 166. Raman said the biggest takeaway from the Daredevils game was the way the middle order covered the slack after the openers fell for ducks. "We were in a tight situation in that game while batting, but we got out of it and posted a good score," he said. "The good thing about the team is that the guys are there to put their hands up and be counted."

We have done well without Gayle - Parthiv
Royal Challengers Bangalore's wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel has said the team has managed well without their star overseas player Chris Gayle, who sat out both games due to a sore back. Parthiv, however, wasn't certain if Gayle would return for their next game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

"We have done well without Gayle, which shows how strong our batting is," Parthiv told iplt20.com. "Once Chris comes, obviously, it will be a great boost for the team and I am sure he will be a very big threat. Having said that, our bowlers have done really well to restrict the opponents, which has helped us chase down targets."

Parthiv has been in good form as an opener, scoring 37 against Delhi Daredevils and an unbeaten 57 against Mumbai Indians, helping his side to victory after a wobbly 17 for 3. Parthiv's form has been crucial for Royal Challengers in Gayle's absence, given that his replacement Nic Maddinson hasn't fired. "I have started well in the tournament and I would like to just go out there and play myself in and get as many runs as possible for the team," Parthiv said. "I have my own strengths and have made myself a bit of a T20 cricketer. I know my limitations."

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  • Android on April 28, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    1 run in 4 matches is too less he and M Hussey should be rested by their respective teams .Make someone else captain .Get S yadav up the order maybe .Uthappa is better at 4 .

  • Android on April 25, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    mr.abijeet uttappa he is the best odi opener in cuntry man he is highest run getter in vijay hazare last ipl also he given solid start..think and right coment man ..uttappa is the best opener fr kkr gambir strugling 15 months onwards still yu are all backing gambir 3hayric duck man ..nw yu dicide who is the best openet

  • a on April 24, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    I was a huge Gambhir fan and had been patiently waiting for a good knock to come.People have a lot of expectation from him but he is just not who he used to be. Something seem to have gone really wrong with him. I can't stand Virat as a person but he is a great player. Wish them both very best. Hoping GG scores big tonight.

  • Abhijeth on April 24, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    Uthappa has had several chances opening the batting in the IPL for previous teams - Not a good idea, he is never that consistent (2-4 games is all that he will perform throughout the IPL). Gambhir and given that he is Gambhir can NOW be highly expected to strike a rich vein of form in the upcoming games.

  • Android on April 24, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    uthappa should get a chance in the top order to open

  • KH. RAFIQUE on April 24, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Hahaha!!!Is this some sort of joke??I think Gautam should take some rest (Better to be retired and stated doing coaching) and Pathan and Utthappa should open for KKR then Kallis,Pandet,Shakib and rest of the players.

  • ATUL on April 24, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Before the start of IPL, I had made the comment that If Gambhir 's career is over then why he has been made captain, and in case he still is a good bat, then why whole last season he failed to deliver in their pet formats.

    KKR need to review this very soon, else they will be lagging behind. One or two knocks of 30-40 runs won't serve the purpose at top order. Even those are not coming, and he looks out of place.

  • soumyas on April 24, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    KKR should open the batting with Uthappa, gambhir opening is not working for them.

  • Sid on April 24, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    KKR has been doing well in the batting department so far even without Gambhir's contribution. Pandey & Uthappa are playing well but I still believe they are missing one big hitter in the middle order who can really take the game away from the opposition. At the moment they will struggle to set 180-190 or chase close to 200, and Delhi proved that a total of around 160 odd is never out of reach. Yusuf Pathan doesn't look like the guy anymore who can destroy oppositions consistently & Shakib is at best a 20 ball 25 player. Suryakumar Yadav plays good cameos at the end. And if he gets the likes of a Chris Lynn for support, KKR can go a long way. Minor changes would be to try Cummins in place of Morkel to restrict runs at the death. These corrections will be handy if they have to beat a strong team like RCB.

  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Gambhir was putting too much pressure on himself ..since middle order has come good in both the matches .. gambhir will be less under pressure and will play his natural game...

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