Kolkata: Admitting that the tag of defending champion added more pressure, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) coach Trevor Bayliss on Thursday said the axing of their skipper Gautam Gambhir from the Indian Test team will not affect his performance in IPL's current edition beginning April 3.
"He is a class player and has proved time and again his value for the team. His dropping from the Indian Test squad will not hamper his performance. We are looking forward for big contributions from him," Bayliss told media persons here.
Gambhir was dropped from the Indian squad during the recently concluded four Test series against Australia.