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Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Gautam Gambhir Praised By Manvinder Bisla And KC Cariappa For Good Captaincy For KKR

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most successful captains in Indian Premier League history.  Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in his career while playing an important part in their batting department.

Several KKR players have talked about the leadership skills of Gautam Gambhir, who is the only KKR skipper to win IPL, and that too, twice, and how he led from the front to guide youngsters in the team.

Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL titles
Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL title

Gautam Gambhir Was Fiercely Protective Of His Players: Manvinder Bisla

One of the players, Manvinder Bisla was an integral part of KKR’s batting department during Gautam Gambhir’s reign as captain. He even top-scored in the final of IPL 2012. Manvinder Bisla hit 89 runs off just 48 balls to help KKR chase down Chennai Super Kings’ total of 190 runs in the final.

Manvinder Bisla played 39 matches in the IPL and hit 798 runs at an average of 21. He narrated how Gautam Gambhir was as a captain and said that the former India opener was fiercely protective of his players.

Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in IPL 2012 final against CSK.
Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in the IPL 2012 final against CSK. (Photo: Twitter/@KKRiders)

“As a captain, Gautam was fiercely protective of his players. He was like an older brother. Win or lose, he needed to just see focus and intensity. Even when I wasn’t converting starts, he was never short of encouraging words if he saw the effort.

“So chats with him at different times during the competition gave me the reinforcement that I was very much valued. Vijay Dahiya, our assistant coach, was also a great motivator. These two made it easy for me to deal with both success and failure,” Bisla said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Gautam Gambhir is a captain who is known to take bold decisions and the fact that Manvinder Bisla was chosen ahead of Brendon McCullum in the IPL 2012 final, is a living testament. Manvinder Bisla was made to open the innings along with skipper Gautam Gambhir.

However, KKR was dealt with a big blow as their marquee batsman Gautam Gambhir departed in the first over itself after a peach of a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus. Gautam Gambhir was KKR’s leading run-scorer in that tournament and had amassed 590 runs.

Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis steadied KKR’s ship and steered them close to the target. The duo was on song and stitched a magnificent partnership of 136 runs before Manvinder Bisla got dismissed for 89. His power-packed innings was the cornerstone of KKR’s victory as he emerged as the ultimate game-changer. His inning was packed with 8 fours and 5 sixes. Jacques Kallis too scored 69 before departing.

Two Bengali boys in the form of Shakib-Al-Hasan and Manoj Tiwary orchestrated the victory from thereon as KKR successfully chased the target of 191 put up by CSK. In IPL 2014 final, Manish Pandey scored 94 as KKR chased down KXIP’s mammoth total of 199 made possible after KXIP’s Wriddhiman Saha had scored a ton.

Gautam Gambhir Was Strict In Bowling Discipline And Didn’t Compromise Poor Effort On The Field: KC Cariappa

Another find of Gambhir was spinner KC Cariappa who spent two seasons for the franchise – in 2015 and in 2019. In a recent interview, KC Cariappa recalled his experiences of playing under the two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir in the IPL 2015 season, and described him as a “very good captain”.

“Gambhir was a very good captain. He was a little strict in terms of bowling discipline, and effort on the field was something he wouldn’t compromise,” Cariappa told Sportskeeda.

KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Outside the field, he didn’t bother you. On the field, you had to give your 100% and that’s what I loved,” he added.

KC Cariappa has played 11 matches, the last of which came in 2019 and picked 8 scalps. He made his debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, and later was a part of the Kings XI Punjab setup where he did not have the best of IPLs picking up just 8 wickets in 10 matches across three seasons(2015-17).

He was roped in as one of the replacements for injured KKR pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Shivam Mavi in 2019 and played a solitary game where he went wicketless.

KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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KC Cariappa Shares Experience Of Being At Rajasthan Royals In IPL 2021

KC Cariappa was with the Rajasthan Royals squad before IPL 2021 was indefinitely suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis. He spoke about his experience of being at Rajasthan Royals and praised his skipper, Sanju Samson.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) provides youngsters, especially local talent, with a great opportunity to mingle, discuss, and learn various aspects of the game from some of the world’s best players and equally good coaching staff. Be it Indian stalwarts or overseas stars, the learning can be immense and the experience, supremely cherishable.

K. C. Cariappa played for Kings XI Punjab in 2016 and 2017. - G. P. SAMPATH KUMAR
K. C. Cariappa played for Kings XI Punjab in 2016 and 2017. – G. P. SAMPATH KUMAR

KC Cariappa Praised Calm Sanju Samson, Warm Person Ben Stokes, Less Talkative Jos Buttler For Creating Positive Vibes In Rajasthan Royals Team Environment

A certain Indian uncapped player namely Konganda Charamanna Cariappa, or as usually know, KC Cariappa can vouch for it. Having been a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders, erstwhile Kings XI Punjab, and most recently the Rajasthan Royals, this spinner has shared the dressing with the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler among others.

The 27-year-old was with the Rajasthan Royals squad before IPL 2021 was indefinitely suspended due to the Covid-19 crisis in India and an outbreak in various franchise bio-bubbles. While speaking to Sportskeeda, the Karnatak player spoke about his experience.

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

“Samson was really good, he is always calm. When I played U-19, he also played that same season for Kerala. The way he captained the side in IPL 2021, he always ensured the players were brimming with confidence,” he said.

KC Cariappa also lavished praise on two prominent Englishmen and added that the team environment was great.

“RR look at every player the same, there are no assumptions. Ben Stokes is such a warm person, he would come and talk to us while we would eat. Buttler would talk the least, he is always smiling, and when you see him you get really positive vibes. Even in the practice sessions, whether you are international or domestic, it didn’t matter, we were all looked after very well,” he remarked.

Sanju Samson topped the run-scorers chart for the franchise, as he smashed a century and amassed 277 runs in 7 matches. Rajasthan Royals, under Sanju Samson’s captaincy debut, won three of their first seven matches and stood fifth in the points table.

Jos Buttler scored 254 runs while Shivam Dube and David Miller scored more than 100 runs. Among bowlers, all-rounder Chris Morris took 14 scalps, Mustafizur Rahman took 8 wickets and debutant Chetan Sakariya took 7 scalps. Ben Stokes was out injured in the very 1st match.

KC Cariappa Hopes When IPL 2021 Resumes, Rajasthan Royals Start Off Well

He revealed that leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal is a prank master and that he is hopeful of the season resuming soon.

“Shreyas is a prank master. When he was in quarantine, he would call up everyone through the hotel phone. He’s a very jolly guy. I was close with Miller and Tewatia in the RR camp, I have played with them before. This season was turning out to be good, hopefully, when it resumes we should be in a good position to start off well,” signed off Cariappa.

Shreyas Gopal
Shreyas Gopal. Image Credits: Twitter

KC Cariappa has played 11 matches, the last of which came in 2019 and picked 8 scalps. He made his debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, and later was a part of the Kings XI Punjab setup. He did not have the best of IPLs picking up just 8 wickets in 10 matches across three seasons(2015-17).

He was roped in as one of the replacements for injured KKR pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Shivam Mavi in 2019 and played a solitary game where he went wicketless. KC Cariappa will ply his trade for RR after being brought on board for INR 20 Lac in the IPL 2021 Player Auction. The leg-spinner has thus far played 29 T20s and has 25 wickets to his name and will be out to make an impact for RR in the IPL 2021.

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3 Players Who Kolkata Knight Riders Might Release Ahead Of IPL 2020

Kolkata Knight Riders have always remained a dark horse in IPL and since 2011, the team has had a good run in the tournament, also winning the trophy in 2012 and 2014. The team failed to qualify for playoffs in IPL 2013, 2015 and 2018 but has always been one of the favourites.

This year, KKR did not have a good run as they could not qualify for the playoffs. Injuries, scheduling and bowling issues were the reasons behind the team’s failure and going ahead, the franchise is expected to make changes in the team.

KKR have already parted ways with Jacques Kallis and Simon Katich. Some changes are also expected to take place in the squad. Here’s a look at three players that the team might release ahead of IPL auction for the next season –

KC Cariappa, Sandeep Warrier, IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders
KC Carriapa alongside Sandeep Warrier has made it to the IPL 2019 for Kolkata Knight Riders. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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IPL 2019: Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa to Play for Kolkata Knight Riders

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) led by Dinesh Karthik has named the replacements for the injured fast-bowling duo; Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi on Sunday (March 17). The Kolkata-based domestic professional league side has signed Karnataka-bound spin bowler KC Cariappa and Sandeep Warrier, a fast bowler from Kerala.

The duo has done exceedingly well in the domestic set-up before grabbing eyeballs for the lucrative T20 league.

IPL 2019, KC Cariappa, Sandeep Warrier, Kolkata Knight Riders
KC Cariappa could spring a surprise in the IPL 2019. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pertinently, in the eleventh of IPL, Nagarkoti has missed out the previous season while nursing a foot injury. However, this time around he is suffering from a back injury and the amount of injury is yet to be ascertained.

Also, Mavi, who has played alongside Nagarkoti in the Under-19 World Cup for India in New Zealand in 2018, has impressed many while bowling at sheer pace.

Mavi is struggling after suffering from a lower back stress fracture which has subsequently put an end to his IPL hopes for the IPL 2019 season.

In the recently-held Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy, the 27-year-old pacer Warrier has bagged eight wickets. Interestingly, it included a hat-trick while facing Andhra Pradesh.

In the past, the promising bowler Warrier has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He has impressed one and all with his bowling during Vijay Hazare Trophy. For Kerala, Warrier has bagged 12 scalps to become the highest wicket-taker for his side.

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KC Cariappa has been sweating it out in nets. Photo Credit: IPL.

The star young leg-spinner in Cariappa has bagged eight wickets for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) while featuring in 10 games. He recently played a spectacular role for Karnataka. Cariappa has helped his side on winning their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019.

The exciting prospect has snared 10 wickets with an impressive bowling average of 20.60. It has further made his IPL road smooth before being a call-up for the trials in Kolkata.

The IPL 2019 is scheduled to kick-off on March 23 in Chennai. Thus, KKR will take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at iconic Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on March 24. The side would be relying on youth and experience to eye for the title. KKR has finished third on the points table, last year.