Kolkata Knight Riders have witnessed tremendous turn around after appointing Gautam Gambhir as skipper in 2011. Since then, they qualified for playoffs in almost all occasion including two titles in 2012 and 2014. Though, in this season things won’t be that easy as star all-rounder Andre Russell is banned from playing cricket for a year. Thus, captain Gambhir feels that the new look bowling attack have to come up with a better bowling performance.
KKR bought Kiwi pacer Trent Boult, England bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes and Australian pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile. Apart from them, the team has Sunil Narine and Umesh Yadav.
“Hopefully, these guys can live up to their reputation. Someone like Boult can be very useful for us who can swing the ball up front at a reasonable pace. We have strengthened our attack with pace, I thought we made a very sensible move at the auction,” Gambhir said while talking with ESPNcricinfo.
He further added “We felt last year that wickets weren’t that helpful for spinners. Someone like Sunil Narine is a big threat in any conditions but we realised that there wasn’t a lot of help for our spinners so we went for genuine fast bowlers. We have someone like Umesh Yadav and Ankit Rajpoot and three quality foreign fast bowlers as well. Our bowling attack is really good and hopefully, we can utilise that.”
India’s latest Test player Kuldeep Yadav is also in the KKR squad and team is expecting from him to do well. He made his Test debut in Dharamshala against Australia, where he snared figures of 4/68. Gambhir praised his bowling during his talk and said, “From a skills point of view, he is pretty consistent. If he bowls a bad ball, it is usually a fuller ball. He hardly bowls a short delivery. That kind of consistency for a wrist spinner is a massive quality to have. If you have to mistake you’d much rather make it fuller than shorter. He hardly bowls long-hops which are a big quality to have.”
“Kuldeep has a big heart, that is what you look for in any spinner who wants to go on and play for India. Hopefully, he can play for a very long time, just let him enjoy his game and express himself,” he concluded.