first_imgThere may be debate brewing over Dhoni underbowling R There may be debate brewing over Dhoni underbowling R Ashwin but Gambhir said he bowled his spinners full on most occasions. “There have been spinners who have done reasonably well in this tournament. Piyush Chawla has bowled really well for us. Sunil Narine coming back has done well for us, Shakib (Al Hasan) too has done well. It also depends on the captains on how they use the spinners. Sometimes if you dont have that much of confidence in your spinners you might not even end up bowling their four overs,” he said. “Amit Mishra (Delhi Daredevils) got two wickets in the previous game (against Sunrisers Hyderabad) but did not bowl his quota of four overs. It really depends on the captain as to how much confidence he has on his spinners,” Gambhir added. The nature of the wickets which have been flat on most of the venues have surprised him especially after the World Twenty20, Gambhir said. “It is little weird. You are expecting the wickets to be tired especially after the T20 World Cup but apparently the wickets have been very good. It is tough for the bowlers and normally it has been very good wickets to bat on,” he said. For a team that has relied on home advantage, Gambhir said theres nothing wrong in it. “I am always a believer of giving home advantage to the home side. There is nothing wrong in it. If you go and play in places like Australia or South Africa, there will always be bounce on those kinds of wickets. If you come to India and play, you expect wickets to turn and there is nothing wrong in it irrespective of what the format is. In IPL the wickets have been really good whether it is Eden Gardens or Bengaluru or Mumbai.” “Obviously home advantage does make a difference especially with the crowds support. When the crowd is in your favour and cheering for you, it does give you an extra boost that you are looking for; especially when you play in places like Eden Gardens or Mumbai or Bengaluru “Home advantage does not make that much of a difference but you need to be a bit clever in judging what a good total is on that particular wicket,” Gambhir said. KKR will be seeking a revival after their loss to Gujarat Lions in their previous match where they failed to defend 158 for four and lost by five wickets. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

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