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KKR not thinking much about 'Gambhir factor'

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

The focus may be on in the upcoming clash between and at the Eden Gardens but the hosts' today insisted his team is not paying attention to off the field chatter.

Having ended a seven-year fruitful association with Gambhir, KKR find Gambhir captaining in tomorrow's mouth-watering fixture.

"If you start playing the man rather than the ball, you know you are in trouble in this game. Things can change very quickly in this format. We need to be sure that mind stays positive," Katich said referring to Gambhir's presence in the opposition camp.

"Yes there will be emotions involved from I guess Gautam's point of view because he had a fantastic time here as and was very successful.

Gambhir is leading run scorer with 3345 runs from 122 matches between 2011-2017.

"Gautam knows our team inside out. Conversely, so do we. It promises to be a fantastic game. You can look at the game before and in this format, it can count for confidence but it all changes once the first ball is bowled," Katich said.

There will be intense pressure on especially after they suffered a second loss on the trot going down to a superior Sunrisers by five wickets last night.

Their lopsided batting and combination drew a lot of criticsm but Katich backed Karthik.

"He has been really good so far. Things hasn't quite gone to plan. But in terms of how he settled in, he is getting around the group. From a performance point of view, he would have liked to get the team home a couple of times. The effort is there. His keeping has been excellent," Katich said.

KKR showed urgency in bringing in the Under-19 winning duo of and but the duo was left unutilised.

While top order batsman Gill batted at No 7, Mavi was denied to bowl during the Powerplay and was introduced only in the 15th over when SRH were on course chasing 139.

"Had they not been backed by the team, they would have been sitting on the bench given the amount of experience we have. As a young player, there will be times when you don't always get to bat at the position you are used to but that's all part of the journey of adapting as a batsman," he said of Gill.

"It is the same for the bowlers. They don't get to bowl at the time of the innings they want, because the team comes first. The has to decide who's going to bowl, who he thinks is the right option at that time and we do have a number of very experienced players in the team.

"We are not expecting them to go out there and play an innings like an Andre Russell, it is about giving them an opportunity. Hope the senior guys take a little bit of pressure off them in terms of the way they set the innings up particularly in Shubman's case," he said.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 20:40 IST