Gautam Gambhir is turning out to be the best captain India never had. Taking shrewd decisions, propelling intensity and tailoring KKRs strengths with respect to the opposition’s weakness has made him the most able captain in the event. Every game he either comes up with a selection surprise, a mind boggling batting order change or that cheeky little short leg in to put off all plans that the opposition might have come up with. And with all his plans working to perfection until now, there has to be a well thought off method to this genius.
Robin Uthappa has repaid the faith put in him by the KKR management despite him not having the best of seasons for the Karnataka Ranji team. When he was initially pushed away from the openers slot, it felt as if Uthappa wasn’t going to be a season long player for KKR. But the way he smacked Tahir to all corners last night, is more than an indication that Uthappa is here to stay for a long, long time.
Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi once again got RPS off to a solid start, but for the umpteenth time, neither of them could really kick on. For Steve Smith, it was just another day at the office, with the bat flowing seamlessly and the ball obeying the master throughout. MS Dhoni greeted everyone with that usual late order flurry and RPS were able to put up an above par score.
Every time you feel that KKR would bundle under pressure, Gambhir leads the charge from the front. Narine got run out to a moment of genius from Dhoni, but it was the Uthappa-Gambhir show that took over after that. Spinners being dismantled, pacers being caressed through covers and critics being taken for a ride.
With KKR finding new heroes every time they take the field, oppositions are going to find it very tough to make plans to stop this win riot.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions
Two teams that boast of mass destructors of the cricket ball take on each other in what is traditionally known as a batting paradise in Indian cricket. RCB have always scored big against Gujarat Lions, scoring 180, 248 and 213 in their last 3 encounters. And with GLs strong batting line up you can expect this one to be a very high scoring one, provided the rain stays away.
The forecast is for some intermittent showers, but in all probability, they should stay away for a large part of the game.
So, I am going to be trusting the met department to have done their work properly, and go ahead with my normal substitutions for this game.
Let’s get to business now!
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