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Be patient with Gautam Gambhir, says his childhood coach

Gautam Gambhir's coach Sanjay Bhardwaj believes the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper will fire sooner than later

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir has endured a nightmarish start to IPL-7, recording three straight ducks, the latest of which came against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir will be desperate to open his account against KXIP today

They are up against a rampaging Kings XI Punjab today and this would only complicate things for Gambhir. But one man who is backing the former India opener to come good, sooner than later, is his childhood coach Sanjay Bhardwaj.

Sanjay Bhardwaj
Sanjay Bhardwaj

“One cannot question Gambhir’s ability, but right now he has an issue with starts. He is not getting the time to find his groove,” said Bhardwaj, on the sidelines of the Coca-Cola U-16 India team selection match played at New Hind Gymkhana, Dadar yesterday.

“Also, a cricketer is like a labourer. They cannot sit on past performances and think about a great future. They need to start from scratch each day. It doesn’t matter if you have scored a 100, 200 or got out for 0 in the past. I feel we should give him the needed space,” he added.

IPL on TV: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI, Live on Sony Max, Sony Six & Sony Six HD, 20:00

Last match key moments (26-4-2013)

. Jacques Kallis was a doubtful starter after twisting his right knee in the previous match. Not only did he play, Kallis bowled a miserly spell and took two key Kings XI wickets, besides chipping in with a steadying 37

. Kallis and Sunil Narine choked the runs towards the end of the KXIP innings, and they only managed 20 from the 16th to the 19th overs

. However, KKR would have been in big trouble if the bails had fallen after a Piyush Chawla delivery hit the leg stump with Eoin Morgan on 0. The bails didn’t fall, and Morgan unfurled a series of big hits that cost KXIP dearly KKR won by six wickets

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