Wasim Akram says KKR will do well with Gambhir at helm – IPL Update
The Kolkata Knight Riders bowling consultant Wasim Akram anticipated that the team would perform well in the fourth season of Indian Premier League under the leadership of new their Captain Gautam Gambhir.
After his consistently outstanding performace throughout the ICC World Cup 2011, Gambhir is all set to replace Sourav Ganguly, who led Kolkata Knight Riders in the previous editions of the IPL.
The legendary fast bowler considered this to be a very good move from the KKR management. He further suggested that the time has come look beyond the local icon Ganguly. Responding to a question about the team’s mindset without the former Indian Captain
Ganguly, Akram replied, "It`s time to move on. There is time for everything. We have a new captain (Gambhir), we have a young side with different mindsets."
The classy Indian top-order batsman Gautam Gambhir, who scored a phenomenal innings of 97 in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka, was earlier bought by the KKR for $US 2.4 million, the biggest buy at the IPL Auction of the fourth season. Gambhir has played
for India in 23 Twenty20 internationals, in which he holds an average of 28-plus runs with a best score of 75.
Akram, who will be shouldering his responsibilities as ‘bowling consultant’ for the Kolkata franchise, regarded Gambhir as the perfect choice to fill Ganguly’s shoes in for the upcoming event.
The left-armed bowler regarded Sourav Ganguly as one his close friends, praising the former Captain for his excellent services for the KKR in previous seasons.
With Brett Lee, Jacques Kallis, Bangladeshi Captain Shakib-al-Hassan in addition to India’s World Cup winning duo, Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan in the KKR ranks, Akram is pretty confident that his side will do well in season four.
"We came in sixth last year, but we played well. Though we were a bit short on the run-rate, things have improved. The aim is always to play in the final," Akram vowed.
The Twenty20 league will get underway, when Chennai Super Kings take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first game of season four, on Friday.