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

Apr13,2024



New Delhi: Gautam GambhirKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor comes to Rahul Gandhi's defense Mitchell Starc, emphasizing that the Australian fast bowler's recent struggles in the IPL do not define his abilities as a bowler. Despite Starc's disappointing performance, Gambhir highlighted the importance of team success over individual talent.
Starc, who was bought by KKR for a significant sum of Rs 24.75 crore, has faced criticism for his lackluster returns in the tournament. He has only two wickets to his name at an average of 77 and an economy rate of 11 runs per over. In matches, Starc's form has been far from ideal. However, Gambhir avoided labeling Starc as a “bad bowler”, acknowledging 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 contributions, while not meeting expectations statistically, could still have a positive impact within the team dynamics.
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“It (his poor figures) doesn't matter, T20 cricket is all about thrashing the bowlers. We have won three out of four,” Gambhir said.
Before the match against LSG in Kolkata, Gambhir said, “In a team game, victory is all that matters. We have won three out of four. Why shouldn't I be happy with someone's performance? Look, people have bad and good days, ultimately the team has to win.
“And we've had good results in the first four games of the competition. And we all know what a threat Mitchell Starc is. Four games doesn't make him a bad bowler.”
“And even four good games doesn't make him a great bowler. So I know what impact he can make and what impact he will make in the competition.”
Gambhir further said that the Australian team will make an 'impact' going forward.
“Tomorrow it could be a completely different day. Or maybe down the road, it could be a completely different day. One person could have a great performance and the team might not win.”
He said, “There is no reason why you should talk about individual performances. I think Mitchell Starc has done largely OK. I think he has bowled some tough overs. And he will make an impact.” , for which they have been selected.”
A New Beginning
Gambhir, who served as mentor to LSG in the last two seasons, has returned to his former team KKR. Gambhir had previously led Kolkata to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014 during his stint with the franchise from 2011 to 2017.
During Gambhir's tenure as LSG mentor, KKR faced them thrice and did not win. Despite this, Gambhir remains optimistic about the new season and insists that each day offers 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.”
He said, “We're all really looking forward to tomorrow's game. You know, this is a quality team. But we're also a quality team.”
Gambhir further reacted to the criticism of his head coach Chandrakant Pandit“Militant style” of functioning.
“I haven't read too much into what has been said and what has been said, but it's still early days. My working relationship with him has been really great and hopefully it continues that way.
“He's been very successful in domestic cricket and that's why he's got this opportunity, it's been really good working with him so far.”
Former KKR all-rounder david wiese had previously described Pandit as a strict disciplinarian and a “terrorist type” coach.
(With PTI inputs)



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