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‘Time we iron out wrinkles’

Calcutta: The scenario looked scary for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) when they had just two victories to show after their first seven appearances in the ongoing IPL.

Before things threatened to go out of their hands, Gautam Gambhir and his troops turned it around by prevailing over Delhi DareDevils, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Mumbai Indians. Importantly, for the Knights, they registered clinical victories over all the three sides and have moved up to fourth in the points table, something that should certainly bolster their morale in the matches preceding the play-off stage.

Such easy wins over table-toppers KXIP and defending champions Mumbai Indians was definitely not expected from a side that has always struggled with consistency barring the 2012 edition. But Gambhir’s men did the unexpected… So, write them off at your own peril.

“Yes, we are slowly peaking as a team. That said, we need to make sure we contribute in a massive way to the team,” said Robin Uthappa, at a KKR video diary, prior to their crucial tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Hyderabad.

To be precise, promoting Uthappa up the order to open with captain Gambhir has worked wonders for the Knight Riders. Uthappa garnered 173 runs from the last three matches that the Knights won, getting the team off to a solid start with Gambhir.

For his part, however, Uthappa feels KKR should find the going smoother on taking one game at a time, feels Uthappa. “It’s imperative we take one game at a time. There’s still some room for improvement in certain areas and we have taken note of them as well.

“We’ll keep them in mind going into our next match… It’s time we iron out the wrinkles,” he emphasised.

He also reminded that KKR ought to be consistent, as there are still some very important matches ahead before the play-offs. Besides, the Sunrisers are a tough nut to crack when they play at home.”