Calcutta: The Kolkata Knight Riders have struggled with their batting in IPL VII. In fact, captain Gautam Gambhir’s scores of 0, 0, 0 and 1 summaries his team’s problem.
But Knights’ assistant coach Vijay Dahiya is not losing hope and feels that the team will be “different” once Gambhir starts scoring runs.
“If you ask me, Gambhir is our best batsman and there are no two ways about it that if your best batsman is not in form, it is a problem for the team. But we know him and we know that he will come back to his best. It will be a different team when he starts scoring runs at the top,” Dahiya was quoted as saying by IPL’s official website.
“There is not single talk about his place in the side. Let’s not forget that he is not only one of our batsmen but also our leader. He has led the team very well and we need him in the mix,” Dahiya added.
The unreliability of Yusuf Pathan is another concern for the Knights. “You cannot deny the fact that he (Yusuf) is not among runs and that is a big concern, for him and the team management. Let’s see if things improve in the next couple of games,” Dahiya said.
While the batting is giving the KKR management sleepless nights, the bowlers have been impressive. “This year, bowling has been our strength. People say that T20 is a batsman’s game, but we believe it’s the bowlers who win you matches in this format too. We’re very pleased with the kind of strength we have in our bowling, even on the bench.”
When asked if the team is expected to make a few changes for the RR match, Dahiya answered in the affirmative.
“Yes, we’ve had a look at the wicket and it looks completely different from the one in our last match. This is the wicket where CSK got 205 and KXIP chased it. So, it looks a very good batting wicket. The good thing about our side is that we have options and we can change our playing XI according to the opposition and the wicket. So there will be a couple of changes.”
Dahiya also said that a win would put them in a favourable position when they resume the tournament in India.
“It’s our last game here and ideally we’d like to go to India with three wins.”