Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir said it was the quality of his team's bowling attack rather than any devil in the wicket that reduced Pune Warriors to a meagre 118 in their Indian Premier League tie at the D.Y. Patil Stadium here on Thursday.
“Whenever a team is bowled out for 120 or 130 everyone keeps talking about the wicket. Rather than talking about the wicket, a lot of credit should go to our bowlers,” said Gambhir after his team's comprehensive seven-wicket victory.
“At Eden Gardens also, our bowlers have been doing a great job. There has been a hue and cry over that wicket but we have been chasing totals easily.
“The other teams have not been able to score, so give credit to our bowlers. This was a good wicket to bat on,” said the India opener who led the run-chase with a superb, unbeaten knock of 54 off 46 balls.
Gambhir now sees the last league match against Mumbai Indians on May 22 at home as crucial for his team's chances of making it to the play-offs.
“Our most important day is the 22nd when we play against Mumbai Indians. If Mumbai Indians are strong, we are equally strong,” he said.
Gambhir disagreed with the suggestion that his team had been inconsistent in the tournament. “We have been the most consistent team in the tournament. We have played very well. There has been hardly a game in which we have not given 100 per cent,” he said.
Asked why Rahul Sharma had not gained the same sort of purchase as his finger spinners, Gambhir said the leggie was a different sort of bowler. “He does not spin the ball much but is a bowler who is between wicket and wicket. Our bowlers turn the ball more.”— PTI