Mohali: After claiming a six-wicket win in their last evening’s Indian Premier League clash against Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders’ opener Robin Uthappa has said that his batting chemistry with skipper Gautam Gambhir is the key factor behind their recent success.
In reply to Kings XI’s score of 138-8, Uthappa (53) and Gambhir (34) strengthened his side’s innings as they shared a huge 82-run partnership to help the two-time champions chased down the target with 17 balls to spare.
“I think we understand each other. We played a lot of cricket together. We complement each other’s game as well. So, we ran well between the wickets. I think the batting chemistry between the two of us is fantastic. We rotate the strike well. And in T20 if you can do 50-60 partnership it can put you in the winnings side,” Uthappa told the media following the victory.
Admitting that it is important to have consistency in the performance, the 30-year-old said that he had just tried to give a solid start to his side so as to make it easier for the middle-order batsmen chased down the score.
“It is important to get a good start. So as soon as I started hitting the ball I think that let me try and take advantage of it. I stick to my plan and happy to get 60 in the first six. So, it is important to get that kind of a start to keep momentum with us and keep it away from opponents,” the Indian batsman added.
Knight Riders, who registered their third win in the four games they played, are currently leading the IPL points table.
They will play their next match against Rising Pune Supergiants in Pune at Maharashtra Cricket Association’s International Stadium on Sunday.