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On top of IPL standings: KKR credit Gambhir's winning formula

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NEW DELHI: Young pacer

Harshit Rana

attributed Kolkata Knight Riders' surge to the top of the IPL points table to the winning blueprint laid down by former captain

Gautam Gambhir

, now serving as the team's mentor. Gambhir's strategic insights, derived from his successful tenure as KKR skipper, have revitalized the franchise's performance, leading them to reclaim their dominant form in the tournament.
Under Gambhir's leadership, KKR clinched the IPL title twice and secured playoff berths on five occasions between 2011 and 2017.

Rana acknowledged Gambhir's profound understanding of the game, stating, "He has a lot of knowledge on how to turn games in our favor, and it helps us a lot in the middle."
Rana emphasized the team's adherence to Gambhir's preferred style of cricket, which focuses on strategic discipline and adaptability.
"Not only this match, this entire season we have been focusing a lot on the style of cricket that Gautam Gambhir wants us to play," Rana remarked during a press conference following KKR's commanding victory over Lucknow Super Giants.

In the latest triumph, KKR showcased their astute reading of the conditions, with Rana playing a pivotal role in restricting the opposition with figures of 3/24. Despite concerns over Mitchell Starc's economy rate, Rana expressed unwavering faith in the Australian speedster, highlighting his influential presence within the team.

Reflecting on his aspirations, Rana expressed his ambition to represent India while maintaining a steadfast focus on delivering consistent performances for his franchise. "My aim is to play for India, but whatever franchise I play for, I try to give my best on the day of the match," he affirmed.

Meanwhile, Lucknow Super Giants'

Naveen Ul Haq

conceded defeat against the brilliance of

Sunil Narine

's explosive innings, which propelled KKR to a daunting total. Naveen acknowledged Narine's exceptional batting display, lamenting the failure of their bowling plans to contain the West Indian all-rounder.
Despite the setback, Naveen remained pragmatic, acknowledging the need to regroup and refocus for their upcoming fixtures. "Every team has a bad day, and we cannot keep focusing on that, we have to move on," he concluded, echoing the sentiment of resilience required in the demanding landscape of the IPL.
(With inputs from PTI)

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