Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir today told the media that he would bat at number three for his team if required. Gambhir, who didn’t open in the first two matches, opened the innings with Brendon McCullum in their win against Kings XI Punjab. Gambhir said, “KKR is not just my team it is all about 23 players. What I think is best eleven and is the best batting order on the day I implemented that. In the first two matches I thought I needed to go and bat at number three and after that there was a need to open the innings. I will again go back to number three if needed. There is no place for individuals in the KKR team and it is all about winning.
Gambhir who was there at the launch of Waves Reda a Spa and Saloon center in South Delhi also defended Yusuf Pathan who has undergone severe criticism from all quarters of media after failing miserably in first 6 matches. Gambhir said, “Its just 6 matches by now, 10 are left, I think Yusuf only needs one match to turn things around, I have full faith in him and all the 23 players.”
He also spoke about cramped IPL schedule and how professional cricketers are up for it. “I am not alone who has this hectic schedule, in fact most professions people have hectic schedules. I indulge in massages given by team masseurs to relax and keep fit, and a visit to such a center once in a while is also quite relaxing.” Incidentally, Gambhir got a foot massage done at the center.