Coach pat for Gambhir

Coach pat for Gambhir

After forgetful performances in the first three seasons, the Knight Riders, under Gambhir, seems to have got their balance right as they have notched up three successive wins in the current edition so far.

“There is significant difference in the two teams of first three years and this time. We have more flexibility, a lot more all-rounders who can do both very well. The biggest thing is that we have wicketkeepers who can bat at the top,” Whatmore said at a press conference ahead of their clash against Kochi Tuskers Kerala on Wednesday.

Whatmore praised Gambhir for his captaincy skills. “His leadership skills were proven in the recent ODI series against New Zealand when he captained India. He has got tremendous skills. He is soft spoken but his deeds speak for himself. He is a terrific guy, makes a lot of decisions and is well respected.”

The Australian had special praise for South African veteran Jacques Kallis: “Jacques records speak for themselves. He is a wonderful contributor for his country. He is very committed and will continue to do well.”

KTK have a former Knight Rider in Brendon McCullum, but Whatmore said his side was not worried. “He was part of our side for the last three years. He is a very good player. But we have an idea (for him). Certainly we would like to get him out early.”

Asked if KKR had asked for a fast surface at Eden Gardens, Whatmore said, “That really is not my area. My concern is to ensure that the players give their best, whatever surface they play on.”

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