Don't be surprised if Kolkata Knight Riders unleash a battery of quick bowlers on defending Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians when the seventh edition of the T20 tournament starts in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Skipper Gautam Gambhir refuses to believe KKR is a team that relies on slow bowlers. Pace it will be, if KKR have to win a second championship crown, says the brave-heart KKR opener.
When KKR picked their players in the February auctions, there seemed to be a distinct design. Umesh Yadav, Morne Morkel and Pat Cummins did one thing very well - bowl at express speed. Gambhir feels that the quickies will play a massive role if KKR have to do well this year, irrespective of where the tournament is being played. (Also read: KKR know how to handle pressure, says Mike Horn)
In an interview to IPL's official website, Gambhir said: "I am a firm believer that it's the bowlers who win you matches, no matter the format. As a captain, I am a big fan of having raw pace at my disposal because when you are quick through the air, the surface becomes irrelevant.