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first_imgWith a reformed action, Sunil Narine may be a shadow of With a reformed action, Sunil Narine may be a shadow of of his former self as the Trinidad offspinner conceded 45 runs against Royal Challengers Bangalore, while Aussie veteran Brad Hogg, too, has been expensive but Gambhir has backed both, saying they are wicket taking bowlers. “I thought Sunil bowled pretty well in Bengaluru. We all knew it is going to be a difficult ground for any bowler to bowl and the way he handled himself was brilliant. To go for 10 runs per over on that wicket and on that ground is pretty par and good. We have seen that bowlers have gone for 15 runs as well,” he said. “As far as Hogg is concerned, it was just one of those off days when Glenn Maxwell took him on and we all know how Hogg can be. He is always an attacking bowler and a wicket taking bowler. There would be situations where he will go for runs but he is always someone who ends up taking wickets and that is what we want. That is the biggest plus point we have got. We have got bowlers who can take wickets at any point of time. Thats how we try and control the game as well. “Piyush Chawla, Narine all are attacking bowlers. They are not defensive bowlers. There could be days when they will get hammered and go for more than 10 runs per over but most of the times they look to take wickets,” Gambhir added. Nursing a finger injury, Narine missed their last match, against Kings XI Punjab and Gambhir said they would assess the offspinners fitness. Having won four out of their six successive away matches in three weeks, KKR have adjusted to the different kind of surfaces on offer and Gambhir was all praise for the team. “I think when you have played in Wankhede, Hyderabad and Delhi where it was a good wicket, it was coming on nicely on to the bat, and coming from Bengaluru which was a very high scoring game. Coming to Eden Gardens, you have to get used to the pace of the wicket and we have not practiced after coming from Bengaluru. Once we were playing in Bengaluru obviously we were looking to get 180-190 and that was a par score in that kind of wicket. “May be 160 was a good score on this wicket so we had to get used to this as well. The way the entire batting line-up adjusted has to be given a lot of credit. 165 was a very good total on this wicket especially playing in Bengaluru and playing here. That is what professional players do, they get adjusted to the wicket as soon as possible and that is how it helps the team as well.” (MORE) PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more