Kolkata: The focus may be on Gautam Gambhir in the upcoming clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils at the Eden Gardens but the hosts' batting coach Simon Katich on Sunday insisted his team is not paying attention to off the field chatter.
KKR not thinking much about 'Gambhir factor'
Having ended a seven-year fruitful association with Gambhir, KKR find Gambhir captaining Delhi Daredevils in Monday's mouth-watering IPL fixture.
"If you start playing the man rather than the ball, you know you are in trouble in this game. Things can change very quickly in this format. We need to be sure that mind stays positive," Katich said referring to Gambhir's presence in the opposition camp.
"Yes there will be emotions involved from I guess Gautam's point of view because he had a fantastic time here as captain and was very successful.
Gambhir is KKR's leading run scorer with 3345 runs from 122 matches between 2011-2017.
"Gautam knows our team inside out. Conversely, so do we. It promises to be a fantastic game. You can look at the game before and in this format, it can count for confidence but it all changes once the first ball is bowled," Katich said.
There will be intense pressure on KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik especially after they suffered a second loss on the trot going down toSunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets.