‘It’s all about…’: KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir backs under-fire pacer Mitchell Starc | Cricket News – Times of India

'It's all about...': KKR mentor Gautam Gambhir backs under-fire pacer Mitchell Starc | Cricket News - Times of India

New Delhi: Gautam GambhirKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor, came to the defense of Mitchell StarcEmphasizing that the Australian fast bowler’s recent struggles in the IPL do not compliment his skills as a bowler. Despite Starc’s poor performance, Gambhir emphasized the importance of team success over individual brilliance.
Starc, who was acquired by KKR for a whopping Rs 24.75 crore, has faced criticism for his poor return in the tournament. With just two wickets to his name at an average of 77 and four at an economy rate of 11 runs per over. In matches, Starc’s form has not been ideal. Gambhir, however, refrained from calling Starc a “bad bowler” and acknowledged that cricket is a team sport where individual performances often fluctuate.
Instead, he emphasized the collective effort required for team success, suggesting that Starc’s contribution, despite not living up to statistical expectations, could have positive effects within the team dynamic.
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“It (his poor stats) doesn’t matter, bowlers are devastating in T20 cricket. We’ve got three wins out of four,” Gambhir said.
Ahead of their match against LSG in Kolkata, Gambhir added, “In a team game, this win is important. We have won three out of four. Why am I not happy with anyone’s performance. Look, People have bad days and good days, ultimately, it’s the team that needs to win.
“And we got good results in the first four games of the competition. And we all know how big a threat Mitchell Starc is. Four games doesn’t make him a bad bowler.
“And even four good games don’t make him a great bowler. So I know the impact he can make and the impact he will make in the competition.”
Australia will make an “impact” going forward, Gambhir added.
“Tomorrow it could be a completely different day. Or maybe going forward, it could be a completely different day. One individual could be great and the team might not win.
“There is no reason for you to talk about individual performance,” he said. I think Mitchell Starc has done well. I think they have bowled some difficult overs. and will produce the effect for which they have been selected.
A new beginning
Gambhir, who served as LSG’s mentor for the past two seasons, has returned to his former team, KKR. Gambhir had earlier led Kolkata to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 during his stint with the franchise from 2011 to 2017.
During Gambhir’s time as LSG’s mentor, KKR faced them three times without a victory. Nevertheless, Gambhir is optimistic about the new season, stressing that every day presents a new opportunity to start afresh.
“It’s a new day, a new beginning. What does it matter what happened in the last two years? It really doesn’t matter. We start from scratch.
“We’re all really looking forward to tomorrow’s game. You know it’s a quality side. But we’re also a quality side,” he said.
Gambhir further reacted to the criticism about his head coach. Chandrakant PanditA “militant style” of working.
“I don’t read too much into what’s been said and stuff, but it’s early days. My working relationship with him has been really, really good and hopefully it continues that way.
“He’s been very successful in domestic cricket and that’s why he got this opportunity. It’s been great working with him so far.”
Former KKR all-rounder David Wise Pandit was previously described as a strict disciplinarian and a “militant” coach.
(with PTI input)

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