The Kolkata Knight Riders have had a superb start to their campaign in the IPL this year with 3 wins out of 4 games. After 13 games, they are currently at the top of the table and most of the credit goes to the two openers in the batting lineup.
Indian internationals Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir have found great form already this season as they have put on big partnerships right at the beginning in almost every game.
In yesterday’s victory over the Kings XI Punjab at the PCA stadium, the duo put on 84 runs for the opening stand chasing an easy target of 138.
Robin Uthappa, who scored a half-century, was awarded the man of the match spoke about his comfort zone with his batting partner Gautam Gambhir in an interview.
He revealed that playing together has helped them and added that they complement each other.
He also said that they understand each other and trust each other when it comes to running between the wickets. He added that they try to maintain a balance in the partnership and bat according to each other’s form.
The right-handed batsman also said that the wicket at Mohali was easier to bat on in the second innings.
He stressed on the fact that chasing low totals was always risky and that it was important for his team to get off to a good start. He went on to explain that once he was middling the ball, he decided to stay till the end and see the game through.
It has been an impressive start for the wicket-keeper batsman who has already scored 134 runs in the four games at a strike rate of 127.61 and has looked confident every time he came out to bat.
When asked if he made any changes to his technique, Uthappa explained that he was in good shape coming into the tournament and that it was about finding consistency rather than ‘fixing something that is broken’.
He also added that he has enjoyed his batting in the tournament so far and that he is enjoying hitting the ball but KKR will need him to keep up his form until the end of this long tournament if they want to stay at the top this season.
You can watch the full interview here: