Gambhir not concerned about Yusuf Pathan's form

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Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 12:06 [IST]
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Gambhir backs out-of-form Yusuf Pathan

Chennai, May 1: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir is not concerned about Yusuf Pathan's poor run and remained positive, saying it is "good sign" that his team is managing to win without much contribution from the big hitter.

Pathan, who was bought for $2.1 million, is yet to strike big in this season with just 48 runs in nine innings averaging a poor 6.85.

But Gambhir backed the out-of-form batsman and said it was just a matter of time before hits big.

"We're not thinking about his (Pathan's) form. He's a quality player. It's just about one innings. He's a big-match player, and hopefully, he can turn it around. It's only a matter of time before he starts hitting the ball well," Gambhir said after his side beat Chennai Super Kings by five wickets.

Gambhir credited his entire win for the away win against defending champions CSK.

"It was a complete team effort. It's about doing well in all departments and that's what we did. We bowled well and restricted them to a decent total and then chased well. We never panicked towards the end," he said.

When asked about his brilliant form, Gambhir said, "Nothing. There's no secret to good form. It's only about staying focused and hitting the balls. When things go your way, make full use of it because you don't know when a bad patch will hit you."

KKR's win last night was also their maiden win in Chennai in Indian Premier League history.

"I'm a firm believer that past is past. You don't look back at things because that is history. I always believe in looking forward. It never for once crossed my mind that we've never won in Chennai. It was a fresh game and that's how we played it," was Gambhir's reply when asked about the feat.

KKR take on table toppers Delhi Daredevils at Edens Gardens on Sunday, but for Gambhir it is just another match.

"It's not a big clash. For me, it's just another game of cricket. We've got to approach it as any other game," he said.


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