KKR, we allow players to make mistakes: Gautam Gambhir


His red-hot form with the bat (237 runs in five games@79.00), which has seen him lead the Kolkata Knight Riders’ to the top of the table, has sparked talk that Gautam Gambhir deserves, and may be rewarded with a comeback into the Indian team, but the veteran opener doesn’t seem to be bothered too much.

“When it comes to making a comeback, I have said this a zillion times that, at the moment I am concentrating on getting runs for KKR and help them win. That’s my primary job. The rest of the other things are all by products of what I do in the IPL. I don’t think too much about it as that’s how I have played my game. People have asked me this question during the Ranji Trophy as well, and I’ve said the same thing, that when I play for Delhi, my job is to play well and help Delhi win,” the 34-year-old said at a presser on Wednesday, the eve of his team’s IPL game against the Mumbai Indians.Gambhir praised off-spinner Sunil Narine for bouncing back after being out of the game due to a suspect action.

The West Indian tweaker has taken three wickets in as many games at a miserly economy rate of 6.66. “I’m happy for Narine. He has showed a lot of character because the toughest thing for a bowler is when he remodels his action and comes back and plays a format like T20. He knows that people will be looking to go after him all the time, unlike Test cricket where he’s got time to bowl as if he doesn’t bowl a good spell, he can make a comeback and bowl another in the second. In T20, he has just four overs, and he knows batsmen will go after him. The way he has handled himself, he is mentally strong. We will definitely see the best of him in the coming games,” the KKR captain gushed.

 Over the past four years, KKR have been one of the more consistent teams of the IPL, winning the title twice (in 2012 and ’14). Gambhir put down the success rate to the effect of providing a secure spot to those who were picked to play for the team.
“In today’s world where there’s so much insecurity in every job, not just cricket, we try and give the players a lot of security. When we pick someone, we do that with a lot of trust. We are a franchise who does not chop and change too much. If someone doesn’t perform well, we do not send him back to the auction or release him. We’re one of those franchisees which hardly releases players. We’ve shown a lot of trust in our domestic players given them freedom to go and express themselves.”All of us, coaches and support staff, have allowed them to go out and make mistakes. I think that this differentiates us from the rest,” the 34-year-old summed up.

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