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Gambhir owes it to daughter

Calcutta: For Gautam Gambhir, his new-born daughter has brought him luck. Runs have flowed from his bat since she was born, and on Sunday at the Barabati Stadium, Gambhir picked up his second consecutive Man of the Match award.

Gambhir’s 63 not out off 45 balls scripted Kolkata Knight Riders’ nine-wicket win over table-toppers Kings XI Punjab.

“People say I am playing well ever since my daughter was born. That is absolutely true and I am very happy to have her. Ever since she came into my life, runs have started flowing off my bat,” said Gambhir.

The captain didn’t forget to credit Robin Uthappa and the bowlers for their stupendous effort. “I must also credit Uthappa for the way he is batting at the moment. He takes a lot of pressure off me ever since he started opening. He is hitting the ball well and that reflects on his partner as well,” Gambhir said. The openers put on a 68-run stand that laid the foundation for the victory.

Morne Morkel and Piyush Chawla came in for much praise. “On this kind of wicket, our bowling has been great too. A lot of credit for this goes to Morne as well. For me the turning point of this match was his spell.

“For a fast bowler, bowling in this kind of heat, it takes a lot. He bowled his heart out and took two crucial wickets... that’s for me is the turning point of the match. Piyush also bowled brilliantly. He has been a great pick for us and hopefully he will continue the same way.”

Gambhir didn’t forget to praise his Delhi mate Virender Sehwag for his superb 72 off 50 balls.

“I’m very happy for Sehwag for the way he played today. I always say he is a far more better cricketer than me. Moreover, he is perhaps the most dangerous batsman Indian cricket has ever seen.

“I can’t compare myself with him. But yes, I am also happy to have scored some runs and contributed to the team’s cause.