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Surya is my Man of the Match: Gambhir

Surya is my Man of the Match: Gambhir
Morne Morkel’s tidy spell might have earned him the Man of the Match award but for skipper Gautam Gambhir Surya Kumar Yadav was the ‘game-changer’ in Kolkata Knight Riders’ clinical seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in IPL-8 on Wednesday.

“No doubt, he’s my Man of the Match and was the game changer. He’s someone to look forward to and has a bright future,” Gambhir said at the post-match press conference. Vice-captain Yadav shouldered the responsibility as he smashed 46 not out from 20 balls with five sixes and one four.

“I told Ravi (Shastri) before the toss that Surya is someone to look forward to. The best thing that happened was we announced him vice-captain before the game. At no 4, we wanted to give him more responsibility so that we can get the best out of him. The way he reacted to that was very good,” Gambhir said showering praise on the youngster from Mumbai.

The two-time IPL winning skipper said KKR is one franchise who believes in grooming individuals rather than players. After being appointed Mumbai skipper before the Ranji Trophy, Yadav made way for Aditya Tare after a string of poor performances including a loss against Jammu and Kashmir.

Aware of what has happened with Yadav, Gambhir said: “We always thought him as a leader off the field and we wanted to groom him. That’s the difference between KKR and the other franchises. We wanted him to get matured as quickly as possible, get smarter, and control his emotion as well. Hopefully he’ll become a much better individual and player and have a great future ahead.”
PTI

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