“A lot of them underestimate Sunil’s batting prowess,” Gambhir told iplt20.com. “Having Sunil in the side is always a luxury with his quality of bowling and as someone who can hit the big ball.”
With Narine on the other side, I knew there was someone who is going to go hard at the bowlers and score runs at will, that too, at each and every delivery,” Gambhir said. “Some of the batsmen should be really proud of the way he batted. Look at some of the shots he played; I need to take tips from Narine to hit big sixes.”
Narine, who was reportedly given an extended net session on the eve of the match, said that batting as an opener gives him the freedom to play his shots without inhibitions.
“I did spend a lot of time at the nets. Today I was asked to bat at the top and I took the opportunity with both hands,” Narine said. “I loved batting with Gambhir at the top tonight. Batting in that position, I get the freedom to express myself and go for my shots and give the kind of start the team wants.”
Gambhir stated that giving Narine an extended run as an opener remains a possibility if the move works well going forward but he was pleased at the depth Narine’s big-hitting added to the Knight Riders’ line-up.