'Gautam Gambhir, Jacques Kallis need to fire for Kolkata Knight Riders'

Gautam Gambhir has failed to open his account in IPL this year. He has scored seven zeroes as captain of Kolkata Knight Riders.

updated: April 24, 2014 17:21 IST
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Gautam Gambhir's coming to form is crucial to Kolkata Knight Riders' fortunes in the Indian Premier League, feels NDTV expert Dean Jones. Previewing Thursday's big clash between KKR and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Jones feels the momentum is with RCB and the return of Chris Gayle will make them more formidable.

KKR should get better contribution from Gambhir, Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan. "It's going to be one of the best games of the tournament but I think RCB will like to make it three wins out of three," said Jones.

Gambhir's form has been a cause for worry. With back-to-back ducks against Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils, the former Indian opener is under pressure to score and KKR batting coach Woorkeri Raman is backing the left-handed Gambhir to emerge from the run drought.

"Gautam Gambhir is just one knock away from striking form," Raman said. "He is too good a player to allow this to happen for too long. Hopefully, he will get going sooner rather than later and once he gets going, you know what he is capable of. You know what has happened as far as results are concerned for KKR when he has got going. We are hoping that he will find his rhythm quickly," Raman told

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