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Gambhir confident of continuing unbeaten run against KXIP

Gambhir confident of continuing unbeaten run against KXIP
KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab in the final of the IPL-7 last year for their second triumph in the cash-rich T20 event and Gambhir sounded confident ahead of their clash against KXIP in Pune on April 18.

“Last year we have stopped them thrice, hope this time too we will win. There’s still pretty much time left. We’ll think about our opposition when we reach Pune,” Gambhir told reporters on Tuesday. Chris Gayle blasted 96 off 56 balls to guide Royal Challengers Bangalore to a three-wicket win over KKR in their last outing. The two-time IPL winning KKR skipper however said there was nothing to worry about and termed them the most consistent team of the tournament in last three years. “We did not play well. We have been the most consistent side in the last two-three years so there will be time when you have ups and downs. We have won one and lost one, I think it’s not a bad start.”

Their ace spinner Sunil Narine is yet to claim his first wicket after bowling with a corrected action but Gambhir said he would get into the act soon. “He’s still a pretty dangerous guy, here the wickets are pretty flat. He’ll be a very successful bowler in the entire tournament.”

Their star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has returned to Bangladesh to play the series against Pakistan, will be missed, Gambhir said. “Shakib was a very important member and now we’ll have to change our combination. We still have a couple of days to think about it. Obviously we’d want him back, he’s a great asset both in batting and bowling.”

Gautam comes to ice hockey team’s rescue, donates Rs four lakh

After the Ice Hockey Association of India’s (IHAI) desperate call for support to fund the national team for an Asian-level tournament in Kuwait, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir on Tuesday pitched in with a donation Rs 4 lakh to help the cash-strapped federation.Pained to see the Indian ice hockey team’s fund raising campaign in a bid to participate in the IIHF Challenge Cup of Asia Division I in Kuwait from April 18-24, the former India vice-captain has taken it as a “moral responsibility” to support the sport. Amid the razzmatazz of the ongoing Indian Premier League, the 33-year-old, who runs Gautam Gambhir Foundation, came to know about the ice hockey team’s SOS calls on social networking sites and his team contacted them and assured them full support.


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